Florida officials warn of increased fire danger through the weekend

A 125-acre fire in Gulf County was 100% contained by Wednesday evening, but officials still warn of dangerous conditions through the weekend.
Published: Oct. 6, 2022 at 8:06 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Dry conditions across the Big Bend and South Georgia have fire officials on high alert.

There’s an increased threat of fire danger, and a 125-acre wildfire Wednesday in Gulf County proved the threat should be taken seriously.

According to the Florida Forest Service, the fire near Indian Pass was 100% contained by Wednesday evening.

A National Weather Service briefing indicated a Red Flag Warning would likely not be issued due to light winds, but lighting fires was still “strongly discouraged.”

Todd Schroeder is a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist at the Florida Forest Service. He said weeks without rain mean there’s a lot of dry tenders.

“The surface fuels are super, super freeze dried, so you know, when you’re walking on your grass and it’s making crunching noises, there’s not a lot of moisture in it. So that would be one indicator,” he said.

Stay with the First Alert Weather Team for the latest on conditions and any possible rain in the future forecast.