Hopkins Prairie Fire
Investigators said it's possible the 1900 acre Hopkins Prairie fire in Marion County may have been started by humans.
Meanwhile fire fighters have the fire 80 percent contained.
"They stayed and fought the fire through the night," said Walter Lunsford who is a homeowner.
Lunsford fights back tears when telling me how his home is still standing after a wildfire tore through his neighborhood.
His two neighbors refused to evacuate on Saturday and instead saved Lunsfords' home.
"When he got back hear he realized underneath the back of my house was on fire," said Lunsford.
His neighbors were able to save his home, boat and shed. Unfortunately, Lunsfords' work shed.
The fire that started on Saturday afternoon destroyed 24 structures, including this home that belonged to Lunsfords' sister.
"She bought it 8 months ago and there's nothing left. She has nothing. It's just gone," said Lunsford.
On Monday about 120 fire fighters were at the scene.
"Our major goal today is mopping up around the lines. What we are doing is pushing the fire that's burned up to the tractor plow lines and around the structures, back 100 feet into the woods," said Captain Joe Amigliore with the Marion County Fire Rescue.
Amigliorie said they are putting out all the fire within that area, that way there is no chance for a re-burn that may occur as conditions dry up.
Fallen trees are currently a concern.
Snags are a threat to both fire fighters and residents. A snag is a large tree like the one you see behind me, where the bottoms may have burned out, causing the tree to be unstable and then fall over at any time," said
"It's a danger to us, it's a danger to the citizens and it can fall right into the road. Everybody needs to maintain their area and really look around where the trees have already burned," said Amigliore.
While fire fighters work to fully contain the Hopkins Prairie Fire, home owners like Lunsford are thankful to still have a roof over their head.
"I don't know how to thank them for that. They risked their lives. They saved my home," said Lunsford.
More than 100 homes have been saved.
So far no deaths have been reported.
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