FL wildfires burn homes

Weekend wildfires damaged or destroyed more than nine homes in southwest Florida.

BY HEATHER MOYER | LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. | May 1, 2006


Weekend wildfires damaged or destroyed more than nine homes in southwest Florida, and authorities say the blazes are arson.

The Lee County Sheriff's Department reports that two boys are now in custody and a third is being sought.

A spokesperson for the Lee County Department of Emergency Management said the number of homes damaged and destroyed is wavering between nine and 15 as some are just now being surveyed.

The wildfire also burned numerous vehicles and outbuildings as it scorched more than 1,000 acres. While the blaze is now mostly contained, firefighters worry that continued hot and dry weather this week may cause it to flare up again.

Three other wildfires are currently burning in Florida. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning for much of the state Monday due to very low humidity levels. Every Florida county except one is also under a Fire Weather Watch.


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