Wildfires continue march through Florida

Gov. Scott calls this a "heartbreaking and challenging time"

April 24, 2017 - 8:03 am

TALLAHASSEE (by Alan Spector/ FLA. NEWS NETWORK) -- Governor Rick Scott calls it a "heartbreaking and challenging time" as firefighters continue to battle wildfires across Florida.

At a Saturday morning news conference, Scott said the entire state is working together to help those affected.

"For those of you who've lost or damaged homes, we will be with you every step of the way," Scott said.  "Florida's a great state and everybody shows up to help."

A massive fire near Naples has grown to nearly 5500 acres, prompting mandatory evacuations for more than 7000 homes.  So far, the flames have destroyed almost a dozen houses. And although rains in south Florida provided some relief, fires still rage.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office says the blaze is only 10 percent contained.

Firefighters have extinguished several other fires in Polk and Lee counties. SR 44 in Lake County is open Monday morning for the first time in a week.

The governor added that the Trump administration has been very responsive in providing financial aid.

"They've done it quickly," said Scott. "We just got additional support to cover costs in Polk and Lee counties."

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