Wildfires throughout the Florida Panhandle this weekend led to widespread evacuations, travel cancellations and infrastructure damage.

More than 1.000 homes were evacuated in Bay County, Fla., this weekend as two fires ravaged the area, including a 9.000-acre wildfire that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called “a big boy.” Veterans from a care home were among those who were evacuated.

The Adkins Flame and the Bertha Flame

Florida Forest Service officials said no timeframe was set for when the residents could return to their homes.

Until Sunday afternoon, the fire at its 841-acre Adkins Avenue home hadn’t been put out yet because the fire department has only 35 percent control of the fire.

Residents at the Clifford Chester Sims State veterans’ nursing home, a 12-bed facility in downtown Panama City, were bused by federal transportation.

In cases of natural causes this lightning can cause also conflagration.


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Florida is a state located in the Southeastern region of the United States. Florida is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, (wikipedia)

Florida Panhandle

The Florida Panhandle is the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Florida; it is a strip of land roughly 200 miles long and 50 to 100 miles wide, (wikipedia)