Prescribed burn turns wildfire in Youngstown

Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 3:49 PM CST
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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Officials say the fire is 200 acres and is now 75% contained (Friday, 8:45 p.m.). We’ll continue to give more updates as they become available.

A controlled burn in Youngstown has turned into a wildfire, according to the Florida Forest Service.

The wildfire is near Linger Longer Rd. and is approximately 200 acres. It’s near Hwy. 231 and Hwy. 20. FFS officials tell NewsChannel 7 they received a call about an escaped prescribed burn around 12:45 p.m. on Friday. FFS said it’s unknown at this time who was conducting the prescribed burn.

The fire is 20% contained (3:45 p.m.). FFS says no structures are threatened at this time.

FFS has nine medium tractors, one heavy tractor, one airplane and a helicopter currently responding. Please take precaution when driving through this area.