A Wild Fire Spreading by the Hour


Fire in one panhandle county is spreading with smoke visible for miles around.

Forestry officials say it’s one of the worst they’ve seen. 

More than 24 hours after it started, flames are still spreading.

What officials are now calling The Fire Break Wildfire is this years largest fire in Northwest Florida. 

Forest service Public Information Officer Hannah Bowers says the fire is still being contained. 

“With our aerial resources, they’re going to be our eyes ion the sky as our boots on the ground are actually battling this wildfire,” said Bowers. 

The fire has reached over six thousand acres. 

“The fire started from something small, we don’t have any authorizations that can pin point where this fire actually started from at this time,” said Bowers. 

Something that started small, now has smoke reaching as far as Bay County. 

Officials are warning people to drive carefully with their lights on. 

“We notices a huge cloud in the sky that seemed very different than anything else,” said Joel Evans, vacationer. 

Although no injuries have been reported, the vast amount of smoke is alarming locals and vacationers. 

“I’m a little nervous to know that a fire that big is so close to where we are staying,” said Evans. 

A wildfire smoke advisory was issued for Gulf County and residents of Overstreet. 

Fire departments including the city of Wewahitchka, Overstreet, and St. Joe Beach are staying alert and are ready to assist as needed. 

Officials say they hope to have the fire contained sooner than later. 

At last check, the fire is 20 percent contained and investigators are still working to determine the cause. 

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