Bertha Swamp Road fire containment improves to 60 percent

Aided by heavy rainfall, firefighters were able to make significant improvements in the containment of the Bertha Swamp Road fire yesterday.

The fire, which began in northwest Gulf County on March 4,  has burned more than 33,100 acres and is now 60 percent contained.

Officials say that residents should still remain alert with the return of dry, windy weather for the next several days.

A wind advisory is in effect in Gulf County until 7 p.m. today, with sustained winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour and gusts reaching 35 to 45 miles per hour through the afternoon.

This report will be updated as more information is made available.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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