Dry and windy conditions have led to a wildfire in Five Mile Swamp in Santa Rosa County in Florida.
Reports of over 18 homes burned from various sources have been reported as the fire rages.
I-10 has been closed
At least 500 people have been evacuated.
What started as a prescribed burn on Monday was completely out of control by Wednesday.
Presently, only 20% of the fire is said to be contained. Another fire also rages in Santa Rosa County at only 20% containment.
UPDATE- The 5 Mile Swamp Fire is reported at 65% containment according to Sheriff’s Department around 7:00 a.m. Thursday morning.
Presently the area is 5 inches under normal rainfall and is in a severe drought condition.
About 575 acres had burned by 10:30, covering a swath of land reaching to Choctawhatchee Bay on the north side to the famed County Road 30A on the south.