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Wildfires scorch parts of Florida; gov. declares emergency

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Firefighters are 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 Tuesday. Gov. Rick Scott said the proclamation will make it easier for state, regional and local agencies to “quickly work together to protect our families, visitors and communities” as authorities battle more than 100 wildfires around the state. “Thank God we have the firefighters we do at the local, state and federal level…

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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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