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Ocala National Forest Wildfires 2019

Unit Information

National Forests in Florida
U.S. Forest Service
325 John Knox Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303

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Incident Contacts

Antoinette Davis
Email: ocalafireupdates@gmail.com
Phone: 352-359-4082

Susan Blake
Email: sblake@fs.fed.us
Phone: 850-523-8590
Hours: M-F 8-4

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Ocala National Forest fire managers have declared the 2019 late May and early June fires controlled. Out of area firefighting resources are being released. We are grateful for their assistance. Local firefighting resources, aided by county, state and non-local firefighters responded to and suppressed nearly a dozen lightning starts on the unit in the 2 week period that accounted for 682 acres burned.

The prescribed fire program on the Ocala is robust, approximately 25,000 acres have been treated this year. Prescribed fire areas can moderate wildfire growth and allow firefighters safe control points and has many resource benefits. Appropriate conditions must be met before prescribed fire operations can take place. Fire managers are carefully monitoring these conditions, including a favorable weather forecast, fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and necessary staffing.

The Ocala is the oldest and southern most National Forest east of the Mississippi River. The 383,000 acre forest has over 600 lakes and ponds and 4 major recreational springs. The Ocala has many campgrounds, day use, off-road areas, Wilderness Areas, and trails. In the 1930’s the Civilian Conservation Corps developed recreation sites that remain in use on the Ocala today. Several large urban areas are within a 2-hour drive so popular areas are quite busy on weekends.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSaturday May 25th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationOcala National Forest
Incident CommanderMike Drayton
Incident DescriptionMultiple Wildfires On Unit
Coordinates29.183 latitude, -81.867 longitude

Current Situation

Size682 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Sand Pine/Scrub Oak (4)

Southern Rough Palmetto (7)

Grass and timber (2)

Outlook

Planned Actions

All recent fires have experienced rain and are contained at this time.

Remarks

Firefighting resources from out of the area are being released. We are grateful for their assistance.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Heavy showers have moderated fire danger. This weather pattern is expected to continue.