Firefighters said Saturday they had halted the advance of a raging brush fire that burned 7,500 acres in the Osceola National Forest and hoped to contain the flames by Sunday.

Two shifts of 80 firefighters worked around the clock, using aircraft to dump water on hot spots in the swampy areas, said Bill Scaramellino, spokesman for the state Forestry Division."We stopped all the forward progress," Scaramellino said. "We still don't have a line around all of it, but we are holding it where it is."