Wildfires continue in FL

More than 80 fires are still burning some 25,000 acres across Florida Thursday.

BY HEATHER MOYER | NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. | May 11, 2006


More than 80 fires are still burning some 25,000 acres across Florida Thursday. Part of Interstate 95 is expected to remain closed for days as workers clear burnt trees from the roadway.

Some rain has fallen this week, but it's done little to slow the wildfires spreading across Florida. Smoke from the fires is being blamed in traffic accidents that killed four people.

A 12-mile section of I-95 from Port Orange to Edgewater is closed for now due to the falling trees. Officials are not sure how long the roadway will remain closed.

The Governor of Florida declared a state of emergency earlier this week as wildfires continued to burn thousands of acres across the state. The state of emergency allows National Guard troops to help battle the wildfires.

Blazes are reported in the counties of Hillsborough, Volusia, Orange, Broward, and Osceola. The Southern Area Coordination Center reports almost 100 wildfires in Florida, with more than 2,700-acres burned. Only three homes have been burned so far, though.

The homes were destroyed or damaged near New Smyrna Beach. In western Florida, a fire in Hillsborough County prompted more evacuations.

Thick smoke from the fires has also closed down roads and highways, including parts of Interstate 75 and Interstate 95.

The National Weather Service reports that the rainfall totals in eastern Florida have been extremely low so far this spring, with some areas experiencing their driest weather in years.

Florida has experienced more than 2,220 wildfires so far this year.


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