National Forests in Florida
U.S. Forest Service
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Tallahassee, FL 32303
Apalachicola National Forest Fire Update
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.,June 3, 2019 – The Apalachicola National Forest continues to experience wildfire activity, due to ongoing dry, hot weather. Several wildfires burning on the forest will continue to smolder until the area receives significant rainfall. Updates to the fires will be provided as needed until the situation changes.
Brown House Fire, Wakulla County FL: The Brown House Fire is currently 217 acres and 75 percent contained. The lightning-caused fire started on May 28, 2019. The fire is east of Forest Service Road 309, northeast of Forest Service Road 348. Firefighters are working on cooling smoldering spots today.
Diamond Fire, Wakulla County FL: The Diamond Fire is 134 acres and 75 percent contained. The lightning-caused fire started on May 28, 2019. The fire is slightly northwest of the Brown House Fire, south and east of Forest Service Road 306 near Forest Service Road 306-C. As the fire is not expected to change today, no resources are assigned. The fire will continue to be monitored by aircraft.
360G Fire, Leon County FL: The 360G Fire is 521 acres and 75 percent contained. This lightning-caused fire started on May 28, 2019. The fire is northeast of the Diamond Fire, northeast of Forest Service Road 360 at Forest Service Road 360G. Fire personnel are addressing smoldering hazard trees and patrolling the fire today.
Sand Fly Fire, Leon County FL: The Sand Fly fire is 147 acres and 80 percent contained. The fire started on May 29, 2019 and the cause is under investigation. The fire is in the northeast corner of the forest, west of Silver Lake Recreation Area. An approximately 10-acre spot on private land is being managed separately by the Florida Forest Service. Fire personnel continue to patrol the fire today to look for hot spots.
Lost Fire and Otter Fire, Leon County FL: The Lost Fire (9 acres) and Otter Fire (3 acres), both caused by lightning, started on May 31, 2019. The Otter Fire is 100 percent contained. The Lost Fire was 100 percent contained, but is now 90 percent due to increased fire activity yesterday. It will not be 100 percent contained until the area receives a significant amount of rainfall. Fire crews will be watching for flare-ups close to the line to keep these fires contained as well as cooling any smoldering spots.
Weather: Today’s forecast calls for clear skies and a high near 98 degrees with a relative humidity of 30 percent. Light winds out of the northwest between 3 to 5 miles per hour are expected. No precipitation is forecasted for today.
Fire Prevention and Safety: If you plan to visit the Apalachicola National Forest, please make sure your campfire is completely out. Ensure chainsaws, off-highway vehicles and motorcycles have spark arrestors. Don’t throw cigarettes out of car windows or park or drive your vehicle on dry grass. For more information, visit www.smokeybear.com or www.firewise.org.
Be smart and don't fly a drone anywhere near a wildfire. If you fly, we can't.
Driving Conditions: Motorists are cautioned to drive slowly with lights on while traveling in smoky areas. Drivers should be particularly cautious when it is foggy. Morning fog can mix with smoke and decrease visibility further.
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