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Fast-growing Central Florida wildfire nearly contained

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Posted at 11:19 PM, Apr 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-02 23:19:00-04

ORANGE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - A wildfire in central Florida that resulted in evacuations after it grew to cover more than a square mile has largely been contained.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports (http://bit.ly/2nKY1kQ ) that the blaze started on Friday and grew quickly in dry, windy conditions into the evening.

But on Saturday firefighters were able to stop its progression as the wind died down, and by Saturday night fire crews had the blaze 85-percent contained.

So far two outbuildings and one unoccupied home had been destroyed in the fire.

Florida Forest Service Spokeswoman Ludie Bond says fire crew efforts saved hundreds of other buildings, including 50 homes that were threatened by the fire.

Residents evacuated Friday were allowed to return home Saturday afternoon, but some didn't have electricity for a few hours.