Florida Issues State of Emergency Over Fires (USA)

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Florida Issues State of Emergency Over Fires (USA)

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Gov. Jeb Bush declared a state of emergency Monday as brush fires burned more than 8,000 acres, destroyed homes and forced authorities to shut down highways.

Officials are tracking about 50 active wildfires throughout the water-parched state, and Bush said lightning was probably not to blame in most cases.

"The likelihood is most of these fires have been created by either negligence or people doing harm," he said.

A fire in New Smyrna Beach has consumed about 1,300 acres and destroyed three homes. But most of the 1,000 people who were ordered to evacuate Sunday returned home Monday afternoon said Timber Weller, a spokesman for the state Division of Forestry.

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State of Emergency declared in Florida after 8,000 acres burned.

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By YCON: posted on 9-5-2006








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