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Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Florida due to wildfires and drought conditions.
The declaration Monday puts the state Division of EmergencyManagement in charge of the situation.
That includes deploying personnel and resources of the Florida
National Guard and other state and local government agencies.
The order notes extreme to exceptional drought conditions are
expanding across southeastern and north Florida. They are expected
to worsen in the next few weeks.
More than 300 active wildfires were burning on about 115,583
acres across the state Monday.
They include a brush fire in the Everglades that has burned
68,000 acres since June 5. Multiple fires have scorched more than
4,500 acres in Levy County since April 26