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An infographic showing the number of active wildfires in the state
Florida Forest Service

North Florida is facing an increased risk of wildfires after Hurricane Michael, and the first major one has broken out in Bay County.  The fire is 50 percent contained, but officials worry with all the downed trees on the ground, more frequent and severe wildfires could be on the way.

The irony, says Bay County Incident Commander Bryce Thomas, is that most of the debris on the ground will be gotten rid of through burning, "but it’s got to be burned correctly by professionals…people need to be so, so careful right now.” 

This boat was destroyed in a wildfire that resulted in 36 homes being destroyed in Eastpoint, Florida near Apalachicola.   June 27, 2018.
Ryan Dailey / WFSU News

Those helping victims of Franklin County’s Eastpoint community recover from a devastating fire say all the displaced are having their needs met.

A wildfire in Franklin County burns more than 800 acres.
Franklin County Sheriffs Office / facebook

By the end of the week, all of the families displaced by last month’s fire in Eastpoint, Florida will be in housing.

Ryan Dailey / WFSUNews

Coastal Franklin County’s small Eastpoint community is picking up the pieces after a wildfire ravaged about 820 acres of land, destroying 36 homes. But for the hundreds displaced, there are more question marks in the aftermath than there are answers.

A wildfire in Franklin County burns more than 800 acres.
Franklin County Sheriffs Office / facebook

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says a prescribed burn is the cause of a fire in Eastpoint that has destroyed more than 800 acres and burned more than 30 homes. 

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is asking victims to be safe and patient as they respond to every call after a wildfire tore through the County Sunday. Hundreds of acres were set ablaze, 36 homes were destroyed, but no deaths have been reported. 

Josh O'Connor WSFWF

A weekend fire at Eastpoint has destroyed homes and displaced hundreds. Franklin County Sheriff Tony Smith calls the fire one of the "most intense" he's seen in his career.

Wildfire burning in Florida forest
Florida Forest Service Facebook

The 2018 prescribed burning season has contained dozens of fires across the state of Florida, and the most recent one will take place in Leon County. 

Wildfire burning in Florida forest
Florida Forest Service Facebook

More than 30 wildfires are burning across Florida, and at least three of them are still significant—burning thousands of acres.

Josh O'Connor WSFWF

A wild fire burning about 4-miles southwest of Tallahassee is about 60-percent contained. Regan McCarthy reports Florida Forest Service officials are warning motorists to use caution when driving in smoky areas.

Josh O'Connor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast/

Florida’s top agriculture official wants more funding to fight wildfires. Firefighters worked hard to control this year’s burns, before heavy rainfall cut the season short. But winter weather conditions could fuel more fires in 2018. 

Governor Rick Scott's press office

Florida is helping several states deal with their natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey.

Florida Forest Service facebook

40 more wildland firefighters from Florida are now heading to the western part of the U.S. to help deal with one of the worst wildlife seasons in American history. That’s on top of the 41 sent last month.

MGN Online

Despite a very active wildfire season, Florida Forest Service Firefighters will now be helping other states battle their own blazes.

MGN Online

As of Monday, more than 2,000 wildfires had burned throughout Florida since the start of this year, and state officials say more than a 120 wildfires continue to burn.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
Florida Channel

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is stressing caution as fires rage across the state.  

Josh O'Connor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast/

Governor Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency as more than a hundred wildfires flare across the state. With drought conditions spreading and more hot weather ahead, there’s little indication the blazes will slow down.

MGN Online

With increasingly dry conditions, the Florida Forest Service wants the public to aware of wildfire danger.

MGN Online

Hurricane season may have just started, but Florida officials are also warning Floridians about the increased risk of wildfire danger around this time of year.

MGN Online

A bill seeking a three percent pay raise for state employees unanimously passed its first Senate panel Monday. And, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are mulling over the issue as well.

MGN Online

The Florida Forest Service is sending wildland firefighters to help battle wildfires in Texas.

MGN Online

Forty forestry firefighters are in California right now battling wildfires. Additional Florida firefighters are also helping to fight wildfires in other states along the west coast, and more are on the way.

There’s a lot of disappointment going around due to Governor Rick Scott’s long list of vetoes. It includes more than a million dollars in pay raises for Florida forestry firefighters.

Florida Channel

The state’s Agriculture Commissioner says he’s disappointed Governor Rick Scott vetoed Pay raises for forestry firefighters—a top priorities of the Florida Department of Agriculture.

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Florida Forest Service

With a hotter, drier summer fast approaching, the threat of wildfires is looming. But, not all fires are bad.

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