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125 acre wildfire burning in Fort Pierce

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FORT PIERCE, FL (WFLX) -- Residents are returning home after being evacuated when their homes were threatened by a wildfire that grew to 125 acres Sunday afternoon, according to Florida Forest Service spokeswoman Melissa Yunas.

The fire forced the evacuation of about 2,500 people. It started at the St. Lucie County Airport and burned on both sides of Indrio Road. At one point the fire jumped U.S. 1 toward Harbor Branch.

U.S. 1 re-opened around 6:50 p.m.

The blaze grew rapidly, fueled by high winds with gusts of 32 mph. As of 7:40 p.m., the fire was 90 percent contained, Yunas said.

Residents in the Indian Pines Golf Club located on the Turnpike Feeder Road also were evacuated. About 200 residences in total were evacuated.

At least nine homes suffered damage and one shed was destroyed.

Rescue workers warned returning residents to be careful since there are downed power lines and hot spots still burning.

According to Florida Power and Light spokesperson Sarah Gate, at least two crews are on scene ready to repair or replace the damaged power lines. Each crew is made up of two to three people.

FPL cannot confirm how many people have been affected by the fire.

Evacuated residents were assisted by the Red Cross at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office substation in the Indrio Crossings Plaza, located at 4844 N. Kings Highway.

A forestry helicopter assisted in battling the fire.


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