The Adkins Avenue fire was caused by burning debris in a backyard getting out of control, Valerie Sale, a spokeswoman for Bay County, said on Saturday. It was unclear about the Bertha Swamp Road or Star Avenue fires, although the Forest Service said windy conditions had driven both blazes.
Such matters have been prophesied in the scriptures by various prophets and messengers. Joel said about these epoch times I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. Joel 2:30
In 2018, in the wake of Hurricane Michael thousands of acres of dead trees were left behind, now they have served as tinder for this weekend’s fires, Ms. Sale said. The National Weather Service in Tallahassee said on Twitter on Sunday that the Bertha Swamp Road fire was burning near where the eye of the hurricane had passed.
On Saturday, Ms. Sale said at least two homes had been destroyed and as many as 12 had been damaged. She said that number was most likely to climb.
The Bay County school district said on Facebook that three of its schools would be closed on Monday because teachers and students who evacuated may not be able to get to school. On Sunday afternoon, after the Star Avenue fire broke out, the forest service issued an evacuation order for the Clifford Chester Sims State Veterans’ Nursing Home. Residents were being taken to either a temporary shelter or a nearby hospital.
On Sunday, it was declared that nearly 170 active wildfires were burning and more than 15,000 acres across Florida, up from 7,100 acres from the day before. Warnings were put out by the Forest Service on Friday that danger levels were elevated statewide, citing “critically low humidity.”
Wildfires are a well-known menace in the American West, the threat could now even be making its way east with stronger unseasonal winds. Recent research suggests that heat and dryness associated with global warming has been causing fires to grow bigger and stronger, with wildfires becoming more likely.