Fla. fires burn homes, force hundreds to evacuate

Scattered brush fires from Central to South Florida forced road closures and evacuations throughout the state on Monday, prompting Gov. Charlie Crist to declare a state of emergency to facilitate firefighting efforts statewide.

The largest fire in the state burned 3,000 acres in Malabar south of Melbourne, while in Daytona Beach, an 800-acre blaze forced evacuations.

At least a dozen homes were destroyed and hundreds of people evacuated in the fire zones.

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