The largest of the fires, called the Bertha Swamp Road Fire, scorched 3.530 acres and was 10% contained when it flared near East Panama City where more than a dozen houses were damaged by the weekend, said Joe Zwierzchowski, spokesman for the Florida Forest Service.
Fire burned on 8.000 acres in Panhandle
A 120-bed nursing home in Panama City has also been evacuated because of the smoke.
One of the blazes, called the Adkins Avenue Fire, destroyed two buildings after it broke out on Friday and damaged 12 additional homes.
The 72 million metric tons of lush vegetation left by the category 5 storm has dried up with drought-like conditions in the area that hasn’t received a serious rain in three months, it said.
Dead vegetation and abandoned wood from Hurricane Michael that hit the Panhandle in 2018 have fueled wildfires, Zwierzchowski said.
With some of the smoke cleared from the #AdkinsAvenueFire, firefighters were able to conducting better mapping. The fire has been mapped at 841 acres, containment remains at 35% but is being evaluated. pic.twitter.com/rbWDGSPA6F
— FFS Chipola (@FFS_Chipola) March 6, 2022
Fire between Nehi & Tram Rd. Crews on way to assess scene. More info as soon as we have it.
Evacuations for Simms Veterans Nursing Home. Bay Co. Transit assisting. Bay County Jail is NOT being evacuated at this time. The jail is currently in no danger.@WMBBTV @WJHG_TV pic.twitter.com/vdMbL0tvQA
— Bay County FL EM (@BayCountyEM) March 6, 2022
Much of the activity on the #BerthaSwampRoadFire is occurring near where the center/eye-wall of #HurricaneMichael traversed. There still remains a lot of blowdown timber from Michael in these areas. #FLwx #ChipolaComplex pic.twitter.com/kK3mtxTz2p
— NWS Tallahassee (@NWSTallahassee) March 6, 2022
🔥 UPDATE: The @FLForestService's Blue Incident Management team will assume command of the #AdkinsAvenueFire & #BerthaSwampRoadFire on Monday under the name #ChipolaComplex. There are currently 168 wildfires burning 15.3k acres across #Florida. Read on: https://t.co/gFUT9O5W1O pic.twitter.com/I5XTlTZfMW
— Florida Forest Service (@FLForestService) March 7, 2022