Burned out. Photos of fire destruction

Smoke from Florida fires seen from space


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The weather is just right for spreading wildfires across Florida.  Low winter humidity, dry conditions and breezy conditions earlier in the week are the perfect recipe for fanning blazes.

The Florida Forest Service has burn bands in effect for Glades and Hendry counties.  None have been issued for the First Coast.

On Wednesday winds gusted to 40-50 mph around Jacksonville and those high winds reached into Flagler county sparking a fire that burned more than 400 acres overnight and shut down a local road.

Meteorologist Richard Nunn passed along these photos his friend took of the fire destruction in River Ranch.

Also in central Florida Seminole and Orange counties had fast-moving fires that were put out by crews before any structures were damaged. 

In Brevard County, crews were able to control a 50-acre brush fire near Palm Bay, the Florida Forest Service said. 

The Florida Forest Service uses the Wildland Fire Danger Index (FDI) for estimating the potential for a fire to start and require suppression action on any given day.  It will remain high until rain moves in by the middle of next week.

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