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Scott declares statewide emergency to tackle wildfire threat



With 310 active wildfires blazing from the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp, Gov. Rick Scott today issued an executive order to handle the estimated 115,000 acres burning throughout the state because of the latest drought. The order involves activating the national guard, allowing for tolls to be waived and highways closed if needed to evacuate people or send in fire trucks and emergency vehicles.

"I declare that the danger of wildfires continues to threaten the State of Florida with a major disaster,'' Scott wrote in his executive order. For more than a month, the governor said brush fires have been burning in Flagler County, another in the Okefenokee Swamp near Georgia, multiple fires are burning in Levy County and a brush fire iis still active in the Everglades near the Miccosukee Indian Reservation.

Here's the executive order: Download Emergency Management Wildfires

[Last modified: Monday, June 13, 2011 6:54pm]


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