Wildfires Continue To Burn In Florida


Firefighters head to one of Florida's many wildfires.

North Naples, Fla.-(Newsradio 970 WFLA)-Florida's dry conditions continue to cause wildfires to pop up around the state.  The Florida Forestry Service is dealing with more than 100 separate wildfires.

Fire departments from all around the state are sending units to help battle the brush fires.  The Region Six Task Force has been activated to allow units from Venice, Sarasota, Englewood, Charlotte and North Port to help. Those firefighters are now helping to battle two brush fires in the North Naples area.

Governor Rick Scott, who declared a state of emergency earlier this month because of the wildfires, visited Naples today to check on the fire there.  Scott advised people not to do any outside burning until we get some substantial rain. Under Scott's executive order, all outside open burning in prohibited.

Officials say many of the wildfires in Florida are believed to have been intentionally set. Florida has set up an Arson Alert Hotline to report suspicious activity. That hotline number is 1-800-342-5869.

Photo courtesy Venice Fire Department



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