Forestry officials: illegal debris burn started Indian Pass wildfire

Forestry officials say the wildfire that burned 200 acres in the Indian Pass area of Gulf County this week was started by an illegal debris burn. (WJHG)

SOUTHPORT, Fla. (PRESS RELEASE) - Investigators with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Forest Service have determined the 200-acre Indian Pass Fire in Gulf County was started by an illegal debris burn.

The fire was reported to the Florida Forest Service at 12:45 on May 22 by the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office. When the Crews arrived on scene the fire was estimated to be 20 acres.

The wet, swampy terrain made fighting the fire difficult. The Florida Forest Service fixed-wing aircraft was immediately requested to assist with access points to the fire.

Thanks to efforts of the Florida Forest Service, no homes were damaged or destroyed and by 2 p.m. Wednesday the 200-acre blaze was 100 percent contained.

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