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Fire in northwest Florida has leveled 500 acres and forced eviction

 Miami, .- The firefighters continue fighting against the flames of a fire that was unleashed this Saturday in the county of Bay (northwest Florida) and has consumed more than 500 acres and forced the eviction of a score of homes, reported on Monday authorities.

Several crews of firefighters and operators with heavy machinery continue to fight the forest fire that began in an area of ​​the Panhandle with many trees fallen due to the passage of Hurricane Michael in October 2018.

Hurricane Michael, which caused at least 42 deaths in Florida, left material losses close to 4,300 million dollars, according to official estimates based on insurance claims.

The fire poses a threat also to other 30 homes in the area, according to the Forest Service of Florida, and has required the use of 2 small planes and 9 bulldozers, picked up the local channel WVLT.

The strong winds that blew from the north on Sunday morning helped the rapid spread of the fire’s focus.

The Florida Department of Health urged residents in areas near the fire site in Bay County to take precautions to avoid direct contact with the smoke.

Melanie Banton, from the Florida Forest Service, indicated that it is difficult to access this “swampy area” that requires the use of “heavy equipment difficult to obtain.” (EFEUSA)

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