Officials: Florida wildfire started by man burning books

BRYCEVILLE, Fla. (WHDH) — A wildfire that damaged at least 15 homes was started after firefighters said a man was burning books outside.

The Florida Forest Service said the fire sparked at around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and immediately got out of control. The fire eventually spread to more than 350 acres and residents were told to evacuate.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve had this severe and this intense of a wildfire moving that quickly through the area,” said Florida Forest Service Public Information Officer Annaleasa Winter. “We knew this was going to be a bad fire season and it’s still a lot more of a fire season to come. So we really need people to go outside of their homes.”

Officials said several people suffered minor injuries in the fire.

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