National Forests in Florida
U.S. Forest Service
325 John Knox Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Ocala National Forest Fire Update
OCALA, Fla., June 6, 2019 – Afternoon lightning is responsible for two new fires on the north end of the forest. Due to ongoing dry, hot weather, the Ocala National Forest wildfire activity is persisting. Fires in the area are expected to smolder until the area receives significant rainfall. Updates to the fires will be provided as needed until the situation changes.
Bear Creek Fire, Marion County FL: This 59-acre fire was discovered on June 5, 2019. It was caused by lightning and is about 50 percent contained. The fire is located between Salt Springs and Rocky Point and access is rugged. Marion County Fire and Rescue’s 1000-gallon water tender is assisting three engines. The Jackson Hot Shots and a dozer will be continuing line construction and burnout operations today. No homes or structures have been damaged or lost. Hog Island, Putnam County private land fire was reported by responders to this incident.
Riverside Fire, Marion County FL: This 47.6-acre fire started on June 2, 2019, and is located west of Lake Delancy. The fire is 100 percent contained and engine crews are monitoring the area.
Scenic South Fire, Lake County FL: This 15-acre fire was reported June 1, 2019. The fire is located southeast of Alexander Springs. It is 75 percent contained. It is being monitored today.
Billies Bay Fire, Lake County FL: This 2.5-acre fire was caused by lightning on June 1, 2019. The fire is in the Wilderness. It is 60 percent contained and in monitor status today.
Island Pond Fire, Marion County FL: This 101.5-acre fire was caused by lightning on May 29, 2019. The fire is on FSR 05 near FSR 22. Firefighters are mopping up a half acre increase. Creeping and smoldering have continued in the swampy areas of this fire.
Powerline Fire, Marion County FL: This 466-acre fire was caused by lightning on May 29, 2019. It is 100 percent contained. The fire is off of 183rd Ave Rd. Firefighters are monitoring the area.
Air Quality: Smoke from fires has the potential to impair air quality. Sensitive groups should take precautions to avoid exposure to smoke. For information on air quality in your area, visit www.airnow.gov.
Fire Safety and Prevention: If you visit the Ocala National Forest, please make sure your campfire is completely out. Dispose of wood ash properly. Don’t dump ashes on the ground. Ensure chainsaws, off-highway vehicles and motorcycles have spark arrestors. Never throw cigarettes out of car windows and don’t park or drive your vehicle on dry grass. For more information on wildfire prevention, visit www.smokeybear.com or www.firewise.org.