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Wildfires Continue to Grow in the Sunshine State

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Posted at 6:12 PM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-15 18:12:00-04

FLORIDA (WTXL) - Rain over the weekend has helped slow the growth of wildfires in some parts of the sunshine state, but others continue to grow, especially in the southern part of the state.

There are 124 total active wildfires, covering more than 40 thousand acres.

Of those, 29 of the fires were larger than 100 acres each.

Florida Forest Service Director Jim Karels says the weekend rain was welcome, as it allowed many firefighters to strengthen their fire lines.

However, he says the rainfall was scattered and much of the state still has drought conditions.

Karels says nearly all fires are started by humans, and people need to be careful when burning trash, using charcoal grills or driving vehicles off-road.