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FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- A wildfire has set four homes ablaze and forced more than 2,500 people to evacuate along Indrio Road, west of U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce, according to Florida Forest Service spokesperson Melissa Yunas.
The wildfire started at the St. Lucie County Airport, is burning on both sides of Indrio Road and has jumped U.S. 1 toward Harbor Branch.
The blaze has grown to more than 100 acres, fueled by high winds with gusts of 32 mph. As of 5::45 p.m., the fire was 10 percent contained, Yunas said.
Residents in the Indian Pines Golf Club located on the Turnpike Feeder Road have been evacuated. St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies have closed Indrio Road from U.S. 1 to Kings Highway due to heavy smoke caused by the fire. About 200 residences are being evacuated by deputies.
Evacuated residents are being directed to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office substation in the Indrio Crossings Plaza, located at 4844 N. Kings Highway. The Red Cross is standing by to assist those in need.
Deputies are urging motorists to use caution when traveling in the area due to heavy smoke and emergency vehicle traffic.
A forestry helicopter is on its way to assist ground crews in battling the fire.
Indrio Road has been closed as firefighters work to extinguish the flames in the area.
The Red Cross is assisting evacuees at the sheriff's substation at 4844 North Kings Highway.
Chopper 5 is on its way to the scene.
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