Drone Footage Captures Aftermath of Florida Wildfire Near Weeki Wachee

StoryfulPublished: May 27, 201719 views
Published: May 27, 2017

A bush fire near Weeki Wachee, close to Hernando Beach, Florida, decimated about 1,100 acres during the weekend of April 9 before reaching about 90% containment by Tuesday, April 11.

This footage shows smoke rising from the fire as well as the aftermath from above.

The blaze in Hernando County was likely sparked by lightning, <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/fire/firefighters-battling-massive-brush-fire-in-hernando-beach/2319708" target="_blank">according to a report</a>.

Close to 100 wildfires were burning across more than 20,000 acres in Florida, <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/worst-wildfire-season-years-prompts-state-emergency-florida/" target="_blank"><span class="caps">PBS</span></a> reported, prompting Governor Rick Scott to issue a state of emergency and call for help from the Florida National Guard.

In a <a href="http://www.flgov.com/2017/04/11/gov-scott-declares-state-of-emergency-following-increased-wildfires-across-the-state/" target="_blank">press release</a> on the governor’s website, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam was quoted as saying that the state hadn’t seen a wildfire season so active since 2011.

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