Fire Departments urge Gulf County residents not to burn

Gulf County fire departments are urging residents to refrain from outside burning after dry and windy conditions have contributed to the spread of several bush fires in the area.

After responding to several brush fires, including one that evolved into an 1,600 acre wildfire near Big Bertha Swamp, North Gulf fire departments issued a warning to county residents. 

The wildfire is not believed to be a threat to any structures at this time.

“Please do not strike one match for any reason at this time because all available fire units are busy working fires,” wrote the Stone Mill Creek Fire Department in a Facebook post. “This includes the fire department and forestry.”

“Please spread the word. Do not burn anything at all.”

North Gulf fire departments responded to a woods fire off of Our Town Road on Friday afternoon, according to a Facebook post from the Stone Mill Creek Fire Department.

Earlier in the day, firefighters responded to a fire on Highway 22 caused by outdoor burning that got out of hand. 

Officials say the situation in Gulf County is under control for the time being.

A wildfire that started today in Bay County is now burning 800 acres and is three quarters of a mile wide, accordong to emergency officials. It is currently between Tyndall Parkway and Highway 231 along Transmitter Road.

Gulf County has sent two ambulances to Bay County to assist with the emergency efforts.

Representatives from the Stone Mill Creek FD emphasized their need for volunteers to join the department. and other volunteer fire departments in the county.

Our media partners at WMBB also contributed to this report.

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