Indian Pass wildfire expands to 100 acres, crews working to contain it

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By: Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 20, 2019

GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The biggest goal for crews is to get the Indian Pass wildfire under control as quickly as possible, and make sure it doesn’t spread.

Monday afternoon, a chopper was in the air and trucks were coming in from neighboring counties as the Florida Forest Service and Gulf County Fire officials worked to put out the fire.

The wildfire has now burnt 100 acres and the question of how it started still lingers. Officials are just thankful they got to it when they did.

"Someone called in and told us they saw smoke," said Florida Fire Operations Manager Arron Kinkaid.

The Florida Forest Service says the biggest issue is the location of the fire. It’s reportedly in a very swampy area, making the attack by land even harder.

Fire crews say it will take at least a week to contain it fully, cutting it close to a very peak time of year near the coast.

"A lot of people traveling and on the roads and probably not being quite as careful as they should be maybe grilling out. We have to be real careful about where we dump those ashes," Kinkaid said.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, but officials say Hurricane Michael debris was a contributing factor, as well as the recent dry weather.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 20, 2019

INDIAN PASS, Fla. (WCTV) -- A large wildfire has broken out in the Panhandle between Port St. Joe and Apalachicola.

Within the past half hour, the fire has expanded to 100 acres.

The fire is about 30 percent contained with units on the ground and in the air working to extinguish the blaze.

Officials say more crews are on the way.

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