A 30-acre brush fire in Wakulla County early Monday afternoon quickly accelerated to 430 acres.
It’s burning in the Apalachicola National Forest about 6 miles south of Highway 20 and east of Smith Creek Road.
Susan Blake with the U.S. Forest Service says the wildfire is about two-thirds contained. “The fire has reduced in intensity,” Blake says. “Today, the flames are 7 to 10 feet, but yesterday they got to 40 feet in length.”
Fire lines are helping keep the wildfire away from rural homes. As of late this morning, visibility is half a mile with light smoke in the area.
The cause has not been determined. The fire broke out during a red flag warning, which means conditions – like low humidity and high winds – are ripe for wildfires.