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Rick Scott declares emergency as wildfires burn and forecast looks dire

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Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Tuesday because of the outbreak of wildfires across the state, and the potential for additional conflagrations amid forecasts of hot, dry weather. The fires have consumed 250 percent more acreage during the first three months of the year, compared to the same period in 2016, Scott said. More than 100 fires are burning across more than 20,000 acres. “As wildfires impact our state, our incredible firefighters and first responders have bravely rushed…

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