Okay, I was being way too jocular yesterday. The brush fires are serious business, and tons of people in our little town have been evacuated. As of this writing, 51 homes have been destroyed or damaged by the fires. The Interstate is closed for a good 25 miles.
Here’s a video of one of the fires, about eight miles away from our home:
The worst news: Of the eighteen fires that were burning tonight, at least nine appear to have been intentionally set yesterday; the rest were spawned from them. They’re offering a $10K reward for information on the arsonist.
Gov. Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency, allowing Florida to tap federal funds and the National Guard. The declaration also brings local emergency workers under state control and allows Florida to call on other states for help, if necessary. In addition, the mayor of Palm Bay and Brevard County officials have declared states of emergency.
Say a little prayer for us, if you would.