Brush fires burning in Volusia, Lake Counties

- Two large brush fires burned in Central Florida Saturday thanks to dry conditions and high winds.

Fire officials say one broke out in Lake County at around 4 p.m. near the Royal Trails subdivision.

Crews estimate it has burned between 500 to 900 acres and is 20 percent contained.

A Fox 35 news crew could see flames along State Road 44, which is partially shut down, while covering the fire.

The Florida Forest Service says firefighters worked to keep flames away from about 20 homes in the area by dropping water around them.

There were initially some voluntary evacuations, but those have since been lifted.

It was a similar scene in Volusia County Saturday.

A different brush fire burned up more than 300 acres, according to officials.
 
They say it started at around 2 p.m. near I-4, prompting troopers to shut down a lane of traffic near Deltona and Orange City.

There were some voluntary evacuations for people living near Veterans Memorial Parkway.

At last check, the fire was 50 percent contained.
 
What caused the two fires is still under investigation.

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