300-acre brush fire in Polk County likely caused by chains dragging from trailer, fire crews say

Polk County

BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) – Fire crews worked overnight to contain a large brush fire burning hundreds of acres in Polk County.

The fire broke out south of Bartow around 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The Florida Forest Service in Lakeland is calling it the Agricola fire.

By 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, fire officials said the crew was 60 percent contained at 300 acres. The fire did not threaten any residential structures, Polk County fire officials said Tuesday night.

The Florida Forest Service has listed the cause of the fire as incendiary. They say there were several starts along the roadside on County Road 640 and believe the fire was most likely caused by chains dragging from a trailer.

County Road 640 between Bonnie Mine Road and County Road 555 was shut down temporarily so crews could battle the flames. County officials reopened the road Wednesday morning.

Drivers going through the area are still being asked to use caution due to potential smoke and fog from the fire.

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