Bear cub rescued as residents return home after brush fire

Cub rescued from brush fire; crews searching for mother bear.

- Lake County Fire Rescue says a brush fire that had threatened homes on Apricot Way in the Royal Trails section of the county is now 100 percent contained as of Friday morning.  

The fire burned over 280 acres, but no structures were damaged and no injuries reported.  Residents are being allowed back into the subdivision.  

Firefighters say a bear cub was saved after suffering slight burns to its paws and face. The firefighters nicknamed the baby bear "Smokey Junior."

The cub weighs about 15 to 20 pounds and is being evaluated by officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Crews are continuing their search for the mother bear in the area in hopes of reuniting her with her cub. 

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