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Florida's Governor declares a state of emergency after blazing wildfires ravage

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04.08.2017 - St. George Island Brush Fire

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency due to wildfires that continue up and down the state of Florida. The Agriculture commission stated that this has been the most active wildfire season since 2011. The Florida Forest Service says more than 100 active wildfires are burning right now.

The Tampa Bay Times reports, 25 of them are scorching more than 100 acres each.

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According to the Florida Fire Service, wildfires have increased 400% since last year along the Treasure Coast. Crews are currently battling flames in Martin, St. Lucie, Highland, and Glades, counties.

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In less than 10 days, the Florida Fire Service in Okeechobee reported 10 fires burned several hundred acres. Officials say most of the wildfires have been ignited by lightning and wind spreading embers.

Thank God we have the firefighters we do at the local, state and federal level and willing to put their lives at risk to take care of us. If it hadn't been for their hard work we would've lost a lot of homes all across the state.
Gov. Rick Scott

Wildfires are burning more than 23,800 acres of land and have destroyed 19 homes statewide, authorities said.

This year has been unusually dry and the wildfires are a result of the drought. However, the Agriculture Commissioner stated that 90 percent of this year's fires were started by people. 

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