Out-of-Control Wildfires Rage in Florida Panhandle, Destroying Dozens of Homes and Forcing Evacuations

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Wildfires are currently burning in the Florida Panhandle’s swampland.

More than a dozen homes have burned down and at least 500 people were fored to evacuate.

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Hundreds of people have been evacuated after a massive wildfire destroyed multiple structures and threatened even more homes in Florida Panhandle. Picture: Walton County Emergency Management

The three blazes raging in northwest Florida have been exacerbated by winds and dry weather conditions.

One fire in Santa Rosa County, which tore through 2,000 acres and shut down nine miles of Interstate 10, was just 20 percent contained when officials gave a 9 p.m. press conference Wednesday night.

Nicknamed the Five Mile Swamp fire, the blaze began as a prescribed burn on private property Monday but it quickly went out of control.

Two other wildfires in the panhandle

The Hurst Hammock fire, which burned in nearby Escambia County, had burned 60 acres as of Wednesday and was 40 percent contained.

Another blaze in Santa Rosa County burned an additional 70 acres and was 20 percent contained.

The National Weather Service warned that low humidity, gusty winds and ongoing drought conditions could promote the fires, causing the agency to issue a red flag warning on Wednesday.

The region is five inches below its typical rainfall for the year, but pointed toward wind for Wednesday’s blaze.

Pensacola’s drought condition is abnormally dry,” he said. “What made this (fire) today was the wind, to go along with the dry conditions and low humidity.

Yes, wildfires don’t stay quarantined!

[Tampa Bay, The Hill]

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