National Forests in Florida
U.S. Forest Service
325 John Knox Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Apalachicola National Forest Fire Update
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.,June 4, 2019 – Predicted lightning activity has firefighters anticipating an active afternoon on the Apalachicola National Forest as the 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. No homes or structures have been damaged or lost on the current fires. 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. Today, firefighters will work on controlling re-burned areas and cooling down hot spots.
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. Aircraft will continue to monitor the fire for any changes in activity and personnel will respond as needed.
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 patrolling the fire today, paying special attention to its northeast corner.
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. Aircraft will monitor the fire for any changes with personnel standing by to respond as needed.
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. Both fires are 100 percent contained. The Lost Fire will be monitored by air today with personnel ready to respond as needed. Otter Fire crews will be working on mop-up and control operations.
Weather: The forecast calls for a high temperature of 100 degrees with a relative humidity of 30 percent. Thunderstorms may impact the area around noon, but are not forecasted to drop an amount of precipitation high enough to control the fires. Lightning from the thunderstorms may cause new fires to ignite. If this should occur, fire personnel and aircraft are standing by and prepared to respond quickly.
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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