Forestry Service Fighting Large Blaze

SOUTHPORT, Fla. - Florida Forestry officials are fighting wildfire on Raccoon Road that is larger than 80 acres. 

Officials say several tractors have responded and a plane is in the air to help contain the blaze. No one was injured in the blaze which began Monday afternoon.

News 13 is on scene and we will have more information as it becomes available.  


Forestry is still working to put out a fire that began earlier this afternoon. The fire began on property in Southport off of Raccoon Road.

Forestry got dispatched to a fire about ten acres large around 1:30pm this afternoon. Upon arrival, officials say there was rapid spread. The fire sprawled across eighty five to ninety acres of property. The blaze is currently contained and no structures are threatened.

Seven tractor plow units, two supervisors, one airplane, and one mechanic are still on scene working on the containment. 

"The status of the fire is we have lines around it, but we're working to improve those lines. There has been some spotting so we're just continuing monitoring and widening lines," said Forest Area Supervisor Wayne Rushing.

Officials say the possible cause of the fire is escaped burning yard trash. 


The fire stretched up to 95 acres. It is currently 100% contained. 

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