Callaway Wildfire Burns up to 300 Acres

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UPDATE: As of 2 p.m. Sunday, the wildfire has burned almost 500 acres and is 30% contained.

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Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters are still working to contain a wildfire in the Callaway area. 

The fire is located near County Road 2297 and Allenton Road. It was reported to the Florida Forest Service around 5:15 p.m. on Saturday at 3-5 acres in heavy blown down timber. 

Reports said by 6:00 p.m., firefighters had the fire 50% percent contained at 15 acres. Strong winds caused several spot fires outside of the main fire increasing the size dramatically to approximately 100 acres by 7 pm.

Officials said the fire burned into a swampy area making access for firefighting equipment difficult. Firefighters continued working throughout the night and closely monitored road conditions.

By Sunday morning, strong northerly winds caused the fire to make a hard push to the south, increasing the fire size 300 acres with no containment.

As of Sunday afternoon, dozer crews are aggressively working to stop the forward movement of the fire and the forestry helicopter is assisting operations by dropping water on the fire edge to slow the spread and allow ground crews to get closer to the perimeter. 

An estimated 35 structures are currently threatened. 23 Florida Forest Service Firefighters, 4 heavy bulldozers, 4 medium bulldozers, 1 helicopter, 1 fixed wing aircraft, and 1 masticator are all being used to fight the out of control blaze.

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