Gulf County wildfire burns more than 8,000 acres

Published: Mar. 29, 2018 at 5:32 PM CDT
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A wildfire in Gulf County continues to spread as firefighters from across northwest Florida battle the flames. Officials tell us the fire has spread to more than 8,000 acres.

The windy weather conditions have fanned the wildfire's flames.

"Due to the winds and the fire weather that we've had, it's really dampened our suppression efforts," Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Hannah Bowers said.

Florida Forest Service officials say the fire was 25 percent contained Thursday morning.

"There's over 42 engines, dozers, equipment that is working on this fire to really raise that containment number up," Bowers said.

Firefighters are working on building a containment line.

"That is a line of bare minimal soil that hopefully when the fire approaches it, it will not burn," Bowers explained.

There's also a helicopter doing Bambi Bucket drops, dropping 320 gallons of water on the fire.

"What it does is it assists the guys on the ground by cooling off those flames so the guys can get closer to the fire," Bowers said.

Officials say there's currently no threat to structures or residents but if a threat does arise, they say they have a plan in place.

The Gulf County Emergency Operations Center has sent out a health advisory for respiratory care. As far as smoke on the roadways, officials say turn your lights on, drive with caution, and watch for equipment.

Florida forest service officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation.