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Five Mile Swamp fire flames reach 100 feet, homes burned to foundation

Posted at 11:34 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 23:34:06-04

SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida Forest Service continues to battle a 2,000-acre wildfire in Santa Rosa County.

That's about 150 miles west of Tallahassee.

Right now, I-10 near Pensacola is still closed because of the smoke and flames.

Riding along with the Florida Forest Service, we got a close look at the heartbreaking damage.

The Forest Service says flames reached more than 100 feet up trees.

Homes caught in the middle burned to the foundation.

People living nearby say they're packed up and ready to leave if needed.

"I would almost rather get ready for a Hurricane because at least we know its going to happen," said Len Jernigan, who lives near the Five Mile Swamp fire. "This is a wait-and-see pack up and see what's going to happen."

As of 9 p.m. Thursday, the Five Mile Swamp fire is 35 percent contained.

The fire has burned as many as 17 buildings.