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Clear Lake Fire

Unit Information

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

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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.

The fire was 100 percent contained on 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
Coordinates30.338 latitude, -84.428 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel73
Size5,622 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
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.