Firefighters battled 11 wildfires over weekend

Posted on January 22, 2018 by Staff reports

A wildfire in East Milton destroyed two unoccupied mobile homes

Florida Forest Service firefighters have responded to 11 wildfires since January 19 throughout the three-county area, including one in Navarre.

“The scattered rain received throughout the area will do little to alleviate the dry conditions and recent cold snaps have killed off vegetation that doesn’t normally die and cured much of the vegetative fuels,” stated FFS Spokesman Joe Zwierzchowski.

The Brewster Fire in was contained at .75 acres. The fire was located south of East Bay Boulevard between Lovewood Drive and Brewster Street.

The Thoroughbred Fire in East Milton stemmed from an escaped yard debris burn and destroyed two unoccupied mobile homes, two outbuildings and damaged several outbuildings.
FFS personnel mapped the fire at 21 acres and it is 100 percent contained.

The largest of the weekend fires was the 98-acre Lillian Highway 2 Fire. Crews responded to it around 1 p.m. Saturday and had it 50 percent contained that evening. The fire is mostly in marshy areas along Lillian Highway and San Sebastian Circle and currently is 80 percent contained. Crews worked several hot spots within the fire perimeter today but there still are smoldering stumps on the interior and smoke will linger. Caution signs have been placed throughout the area and motorists are urged to treat any smoke they encounter on the road as fog and slow down, use their low-beam headlights and pull safely off the road if conditions warrant. The fire was caused by a prescribed burn that escaped containment lines but never left the landowner’s property. No structures were damaged and homes were never directly threatened.

Residents are urged to use caution if they choose to burn outdoors and follow the Florida burn laws outlined here: