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Florida Governor Bush Declares State of Emergency to Battle Fires


Governor Jeb Bush of Florida has declared a state of emergency to combat wildfires in the state.

Monday's declaration led to the deployment of aviation units from the Florida National Guard.

Officials are dealing with more than 50 active wildfires in the state. Rainfall in some areas of Florida Tuesday is expected to help contain the fires.

The fires started burning on Sunday around New Smyrna Beach on Florida's Atlantic Coast and have destroyed at least three homes and forced more than 1,000 people to be temporarily evacuated from their homes.

Authorities closed down parts of highway I-95 after thick smoke from the fires contributed to vehicle collisions that killed four people.

More than 2,200 wildfires have burned over 18,000 hectares in Florida so far this year.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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