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AVON PARK, Florida - Three small wildfires over the weekend kept forestry officials busy over the weekend. While the fires were small in size, they had an impact on nearby homeowners, according to the Florida Forest Service.

The largest of the three fires started around noon Sunday in the Placid Lakes are off Lakes Grove Road and Tobler Terrace. Eight acres were burned threatening two homes. Emergency crews were able to save both homes but say the cause of the fire is suspicious.

A second fire northeast of Lake Placid started shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday near 305 Flaming Street. According to forestry officials, the 1-acre fire was caused by ATV equipment and also threatened several homes.

The smallest fire started near Avon Park, near the Highlands and Hardee County line, burning a tenth of an acre. The fire started in a structure and spread into a wooded area burning three other structures nearby.

Firefighters say as rainfall becomes less frequent, vegetation will dry out increasing the risk of wildfires. Homeowners are encouraged to take steps to protect their home, clearing away brush before a wildfire occurs.

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