Firefighters across Florida battle drought-fueled wildfires
Firefighters across Florida battle drought-fueled wildfires.
Autoplay:x NAPLES, Florida – Dozens of firefighters have spent Monday on the lookout for hot spots, after a fast moving wildfire burned through the Golden Gate Estates area over the weekend.
Around 7,000 homes had to be evacuated when flames raced towards more densely populated streets.
Firefighters say when they first started attacking the fire on Thursday the flames leapt to a height of more than 100 feet.
This is an intense beginning to what is being described as the worst and most active fire season in Florida in years.
Severe drought is making deceptively green trees bone dry and ripe for fire.
Joe Zwierzchowski is a spokesman for the Florida Forest Service.
Zwierzchowski said firefighters had to aggressively attack the fire to save homes.
Zwierzchowski says Florida’s fire season technically is 12 months per year, but it reaches its height between April and June.
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