UPDATE (1:22 PM): Law Enforcement Investigators from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have determined that the cause of Sunday’s wildfire that seriously threatened at least ten homes in the Seacrest community of South Walton County was "disposing of a lighted substance". In short, it has been determined that at least one lit cigarette was tossed into some tall grass and pine straw in the area where the wildfire was determined to have been started.
Firefighters from the Florida Forest Service and the South Walton Fire District worked together to save ten homes from being destroyed by a wildfire Sunday afternoon.
The wildfire started around 3:30 Sunday afternoon in a wooded area behind several homes north of 30-A but south of Highway 98 in the Seacrest community of South Walton County between Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach.
Three Florida Forest Service wildland firefighting tractor-plow units and eight South Walton Fire District units all worked together to stop the fire at just six acres but not before it came dangerously close to destroying ten homes. The homes are all estimated at approximately 350-thousand dollars each. One of the homes did receive minor damage to some of its skirting and an electric/utility line connected to the structure.
Roughly three and a half million dollars worth of property was saved as a result of the teamwork between Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters and the South Walton Fire District firefighters.
The cause of the wildfire is uncertain and is still under investigation.