Wildfire in Florida forces more than 1,000 homes to be evacuated

Miami.- More than a thousand homes have been evacuated while a Forest fire spread this Saturday by strong winds in the area known as the “Panhandle” of Florida (USA), for which a state of emergency has been declared for Bay County, in the northwest of the state, according to local media.

More than a thousand homes are affecteds per evacuation orders and the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) reported that eight homes were devoured by fire.

No injuries or deaths have been reported at this time and approximately 2,500 people were evacuated, according to official sources.

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On Friday morning, firefighters responded to a fire they believe started when someone burned trash in the open in the area of ​​Adkins Road, which was about 800 acres, local television network WTOC 11, a CBS affiliate, said.

Initial reports said the fire was 30 to 40 acres in the Bay County area.

However, according to county emergency services, the wildfire now covers more than 1,400 acres and continues to grow.

The Florida Forest Service reported for its part that it has managed to contain about 30% of the fire.

The governor of the state, Ron DeSantis, appeared today in the nearby city of Panama City to speak about the fire.

Hundreds of thousands of acres of downed trees from 2018’s Hurricane Michael, along with low humidity and high winds, have created “the perfect storm” for dangerous Bay County fire conditions, DeSantis told a news conference. of press.

The governor, who said he was not surprised by what happened, issued a state of emergency for Bay County on Friday.

“Bay County is currently battling multiple wildfires. If you are in the area, please stay safe and follow instructions from local officials,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter today.

In a statement, FDEM noted that the governor issued an executive order “to ensure that state and local governments have sufficient time, resources, and flexibility to respond to the fire and enact life-saving measures.”

Meanwhile, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is assisting with evacuations of affected residents and supplementing the efforts of local law enforcement agencies with increased patrols in Bay County, the statement added.

“Fire activity is increasing on the #AdkinsAvenueFire in Bay County as winds pick up and fan the flames. The fire remains at 1,400 acres and is 30% contained. Evacuations continue,” he said on Twitter. Forestry Center in the town of Chipola, serving the Florida counties of Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Walton and Washington.

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There is currently no timetable for when residents will be able to return home, according to the Florida Fire Service.

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