"Florida Panhandle Wildfires Force Evacuation Of Hundreds Of Homes"

"Steady winds across Florida’s Panhandle stoked a rash of wildfires on Monday that ignited in thickets of dead vegetation left in the wake of a 2018 hurricane, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of houses and a nursing home.

The largest of the blazes, known as the Bertha Swamp Road fire, scorched 12,000 acres (4,800 hectares) and was 10% contained as it burned near communities east of Panama City, said Florida Forest Service spokesperson Joe Zwierzchowski.

“We have another day of pretty steady winds pushing fire toward these communities,” he said. “Increased cloud cover, increased humidity should help tap down some of the fire behavior we have seen.”"

Reuters had the story March 7, 2022.

Source: Reuters, 03/08/2022