Bay County wildfire burns over 650 acres, 75 percent contained

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Allanton Road Fire is continuing to burn near Callaway in Bay County. Officials said Tuesday morning that the fire is now 75 percent contained and has not spread from the 668 acres burned as of Monday.

April 1, 2019

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) -- A wildfire near Callaway has burned around 668 acres and was around 65 percent contained as of Monday afternoon.

Florida Forest officials say the fire burned near Allanton Road and County Road 2297.

They say at least 35 structures were threatened and 20 homes were evacuated.

Forestry officials say fire crews were having a tough time reaching the blaze.

Melanie Banton, a PIO with the Florida Forest Service said, "It's in a swampy area and we are working with heavy equipment and it's hard to get that equipment in. We've got one helicopter working with us right now to try and keep the flames down and keep it a little cooler."

Some residents say they're also keeping their eyes on the flames and their property.

Callaway resident Robert Maloy said, "I was out fishing in the pond, I got up this morning and it was still going and it kind of died down for a little while. A few minutes later it kicked right back up and that's when we started getting worried. If it jumps the road, it's gonna take out maybe our whole neighborhood, hopefully it doesn't."

The wildfire was first reported to the Florida Forest Service Saturday evening.

By: Associated Press
April 1, 2019

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Nearly two dozen Florida homes have been evacuated because of a 500-acre wildfire that grew rapidly overnight because of downed trees from Hurricane Michael.

Authorities say the fire broke out Saturday in the Panhandle about 10 miles east of Panama City and quickly grew to 500 acres by Sunday afternoon. At least 35 structures are in danger.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried's office says 23 firefighters, multiple bulldozers, fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters are working to contain the blaze. Strong winds are pushing the fire toward the south, but light rain is helping rescue efforts.

Fried said in a statement that the "wildfire is a tragic reminder of the importance of disaster relief and clearing the 72 million tons of downed trees left in Hurricane Michael's wake."

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