River Ranch Complex Fire holding at 4,500 acres (FFS)

River Ranch Complex Fire In Polk County Holding At 4,500 Acres

River Ranch Complex Fire holding at 4,500 acres (FFS)
River Ranch Complex Fire holding at 4,500 acres (FFS)

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – The River Ranch Complex Fire that started on June 5, 2024, still holds at 4,500 acres. Florida Forest Service personnel are monitoring existing containment lines, installing new containment lines, and improving the containment lines already put in.

Today, Division A is reporting 90% containment of their portion of the fire, and Division B is reporting 75% containment.

“Division B is still showing some active burning with our crews still working on more containment lines,” said Forest Area Supervisor Pete Lewis. He added, “Our personnel have been putting in some long hours trying to protect property, and our lines are holding due to their dedication.”

Related: River Ranch Complex Fire In Polk County Is Still At 4,500 Acres With 30% Containment

Currently, the Florida Forest Service has 8 tractor/plow units, 3 heavy tractors, 8 brush trucks, and approximately 10 support personnel on the fire.

The two Task Force units are still committed to the fire.

The investigation into the cause has been started by our Department of Agriculture Law Enforcement personnel. Due to the size of the fire, this may take several weeks before they release their findings.

Drivers in the River Ranch/Indian Lakes Estates area should use caution in this area due to changing smoke conditions. Portions of CR 630 and Hwy 60 may be shut down depending on smoke conditions.

Read: Florida Highway Patrol Searching For Driver Who Struck Homosassa Woman On An E-Bike

The Florida Forest Service is still asking people to be extremely cautious with any outdoor activities involving an open flame, or activities that cause sparks (welding, grinding, etc.)

There has been some rainfall, but not enough to reduce the fire danger. For additional wildfire safety information, visit our website, BeWildfireReadyFl.com.

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