Wildfire burning in Florida panhandle

A wind whipped wildfire continues to burn today in the Florida panhandle.

The so-called five mile swamp fire has burned a handful of structures and forced hundreds of residents from their homes.

It also prompted emergency officials to close a portion of busy Interstate 10. The fire grew rapidly near the interstate Wednesday evening, exploding to more than three square miles.

In Walton County, a 575 acre fire prompted about 500 people to evacuate. Authorities say multiple structures were lost in the fire, which was 65 percent contained this morning.

Around 1,100 residents were asked to evacuate homes in neighboring Santa Rosa County.

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