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Firefighters continue battle against wildfire blazes in Florida Panhandle

Florida Wildfires
Posted at 9:41 AM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 09:41:10-04

MILTON, Fla. (AP) — Fire officials in Florida say helicopter and tractor units continue to battle fires in the Panhandle that have forced hundreds of residents to flee, scorched thousands of acres and razed dozens of structures.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported that a 2,000-acre (809-hectare) fire in Santa Rosa County, just east of Pensacola, is 35% contained.

That fire forced the evacuation of 1,100 homes on Wednesday, though a few of those residents have been allowed to return to their homes. A stretch of Interstate 10 remained closed.

Panhandle fires force evacuations

A 575-acre (233-hectare) fire in Walton County is now 70% contained.