Update: Homes evacuated near Winter Hill fire

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This photo of the Winter Hill wildfire was taken by firefighter Firefighter Michael Laramore.

3 p.m. UPDATE

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Several homes were evacuated as firefighters continued to try to contain a woods fire near Highway 388 and State 77 Tuesday afternoon.

The Winter Hill fire is currently about 40 acres, Bay County emergency officials wrote in a news release. The fire is in wooded swamp area and a Florida Forest Service helicopter is dropping water in an attempt to protect one structure.

Multiple agencies have responded including Bay County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Transportation, Bay County Utilities, and Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative.

Several homes have been evacuated as a precautionary measure and Winter Hill Road is closed.

“Please use extreme caution as the scene is adjacent to a construction zone on southbound HWY 77 with lane closures,” officials wrote. “Please be mindful of our first responders and the construction workers.”

This is a developing story and we will have more information as they become available.

Our previous story is below:

Crews are working a woods fire near Highway 388 and State 77.

The Winter Hill fire is currently 10 acres with 20% containment. The fire is in a wooded swamp area and is giving off a lot of smoke.

Fireifghters are working to contain a wildfire near Highway 388 and State 77.

There are no structures threatened.

“Please use extreme caution as the scene is adjacent to a construction zone on southbound HWY 77 with lane closures,” County officials wrote in a news release. “Please be mindful of our first responders and the construction workers.”

This photo of the Winter Hill wildfire was taken by firefighter Firefighter Michael Laramore.

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