Source: NwoReport

BAY COUNTY, Florida: A wildfire in northwestern Florida has caused the evacuation of 600 homes.

As of March 5, fires have spread to 1,400 acres in Florida. Officials report that the fires are 30 percent contained.

Only two homes have been reported destroyed and 12 damaged, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Also, as the fire spreads more evacuation orders have been issued, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office said.

Besides area firefighters, tractor plow units are helping to contain the fires, along with helicopters.

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More than 200 firefighters are battling the blaze, the Florida Forest Service said.

Compounding the damage, the Florida Forest Service said the fire is being fueled by 72 million tons of trees that fell when Hurricane Michael struck the same area in 2018.

“Wildfires can have a traumatic effect on communities,” the forest service said on Twitter. “Unlike hurricanes, there is little to no warning. Don’t wait for wildfire.”

It has not been determined what caused the fire.