Clear Lake Fire

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Clear Lake Fire


USDA Forest Service successfully prevents Clear Lake Fire from spreading
THIS WILL BE THE FINAL UPDATE FOR THE CLEAR LAKE FIRETALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 15, 2018 – After two days of strategic firing operations, USDA Forest Service fire fighters have strengthened firelines. more


Approximate Location

30.338 latitude, -84.428 longitude

Incident Overview

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The Clear Lake Fire started in the Clear Lake Wilderness Study Area on the Apalachicola National Forest on March 9, 2013. The fire is approximately 4 miles southwest of Tallahassee in Leon County, FL.

USDA Forest Service officials have determined that the fire was human caused, although the fire is still under investigation.

Crews have been using direct and indirect tactics to contain the fire within the wilderness to preserve, enhance and protect values at risk. Providing for public and firefighter safety is the top priority and crews are engaging only where and when it is safe to do so. Other priorities include preventing impacts to infrastructure, reducing smoke impacts to Tallahassee, the Tallahassee International Airport and surrounding communities and minimizing impacts to red-cockaded woodpecker trees.

Crews anticipate having the fire 100 percent contained by March 17, 2018.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman Caused/unknown
Date of OriginFriday March 09th, 2018 approx. 04:39 PM
LocationClear Lake Wilderness Study Area, 4 miles Southwest of Tallahassee
Incident CommanderMitch Ketron
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel73
Size5,622 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday March 17th, 2018 approx. 11:45 PM
Fuels Involved

Southern rough

Significant Events

Minimal, smoldering


Planned Actions

Keep fire within Clear Lake Wilderness area followed by patrol, mop-up and monitoring actions.

Projected Incident Activity

Hold, mop-up, and monitor

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Increased RH and chances of thunderstorms with erratic winds

expected for tomorrow and tomorrow afternoon.

Unit Information

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National Forests in Florida
U.S. Forest Service
Suite F-100
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Incident Contact

Susan Blake
Phone: 850-509-9952

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