Wildfires in Florida are believed to be man made, reward is offered for information


Approximately 7,000 homes have been evacuated since Friday night, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. Just 10 percent of the fire was contained as of 9 a.m. ET Saturday, with many aircrafts working over the area. Several structures are on fire. The American Red Cross opened a shelter Friday night at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales. The Florida Forestry Arson Alert Association is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

A few days ago firefighters were battling wildfires from the top of Florida near the Georgia line to Miami-Dade County in the south as the governor declared a state of emergency. Since February, wildfires affected across 68,000 acres (25,500 hectares) of the state, an amount which is higher than the average acreage burned over the past five years.


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