Thousands of Florida residents have decided to leave their homes after raging wildfires that swept across their state’s western panhandle Saturday.
Local officials said more than 12,100 acres were ablaze as downed trees from 2018’s Hurricane Michael, strong winds, and low humidity created “the perfect storm” for the fires.
The local officials added that more than 1,000 homes were also evacuated due to the wildfires.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis said alert firefighters managed to save some homes.
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“This is a really significant, fast-moving fire,” DeSantis, a Republican said.
Sources said the fire started at Gulf County Friday and had spread to Bay and Calhoun counties.
According to reports, the Adkins Avenue fire covered about 1,400 acres and was 30 percent contained.
Based on the initial fire investigation, the fire was triggered by someone burning trash in their yard.