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Firefighters battle 65-acre wildfire in On Top of the World

Marion County Fire Rescue units were dispatched to On Top of the World in Ocala on Wednesday afternoon after a large wildfire ignited in the area.

Shortly after 4 p.m., multiple 911 callers reported that the wildfire was growing larger by the minute. Firefighters from Marion County Fire Rescue’s Friendship Fire Station #21 arrived on scene at 4:22 p.m., and they observed a large fire that was being “fueled by wind,” according to MCFR.

MCFR wildfire in On Top of the World on February 28, 2024 smoke rising from the wildfire photo by MCFR)
Smoke rising from the large wildfire in On Top of the World on February 28, 2024. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

Additional assistance was requested from Florida Forest Service units, and they immediately responded to the location and struck a second alarm. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Air-1 unit was also deployed to the area to give an aerial view of the blaze.

MCFR wildfire in On Top of the World on February 28, 2024 forestry truck at the scene (photo by MCFR)
Firefighters requested additional assistance from the Florida Forest Service to combat the wildfire in On Top of the World. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

MCFR stated on social media that the response was well coordinated and involved three command officers, three engines, four grass trucks, one tanker, one rescue unit, air support, and numerous forestry units.

MCFR wildfire in On Top of the World on February 28, 2024 MCFR tanker at scene (photo by MCFR)
Multiple units from several agencies pooled their resources together to combat the wildfire on February 28, 2024. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)
MCFR wildfire in On Top of the World on February 28, 2024 forestry truck at the scene 2 (photo by MCFR)
Numerous forestry units assisted Marion County firefighters with extinguishing the wildfire. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

“This collective effort underscores the commitment and readiness of our teams to protect our community,” stated MCFR in the social media post on Thursday.

MCFR wildfire in On Top of the World on February 28, 2024 multiple agencies came together to combat fire (photo by MCFR)
Marion County firefighters and Florida Forest Service workers at the scene of the wildfire. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

Firefighters combated the flames for several hours, and the fire was successfully brought under control by 7:10 p.m. According to MCFR, over 60 acres of land was affected by the wildfire.

MCFR wildfire in On Top of the World on February 28, 2024 multiple agencies came together to combat fire 2(photo by MCFR)
The wildfire affected approximately 65 acres of land in On Top of the World. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

There were no injuries reported.

MCFR concluded the social media post by extending its deepest gratitude to those who helped manage this incident. “Your courage and teamwork have once again ensured the safety of our community. Stay safe, Marion County!”