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State of emergency in Florida following increased wildfires

Staff Writer |
Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Florida following the recent wildfires across the state and the high potential for increased wildfires to continue this year.

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Forecasts predict hotter and drier conditions than normal in Florida during the coming months.

Florida wildfires have already burned 250 percent more acreage during the first three months of 2017 than during the same time period last year. There are currently more than 100 active wildfires across more than 20,000 acres in Florida.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said, “Wildfires are burning more than 20,000 acres in Florida right now, and we haven’t seen this active of a season since 2011.

"From St. George Island in the Panhandle to a wildfire just north of one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions in Orlando, we’re seeing that every area of our state is susceptible to wildfire.

"I thank Governor Scott for signing this executive order, which will ensure we have every resource available to us to combat these wildfires to protect life, property and wildlife.

"May God bless our brave firefighters who are working tirelessly to protect us."

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