Florida Forest Service responds to small wildfire in White City

The Florida Forest Service and local fire departments responded to a small wildfire in the White City area on Friday night, as well as three smaller fires that started as when heavy winds blew embers to surrounding areas.

According to Matt Herring, the director of Gulf County Emergency Management, all of the fires have been extinguished at this time.

“There was a small wildfire yesterday in White City,” he said Saturday morning. “The wind blew embers that started three additional fires.”

“The men and women of our fire departments arrived quickly, and with help from FFS, all fires have been extinguished.”

The wildfire occurred near Sealy Drive and burned about 2 acreas before it was contained.

Two of the resulting fires included a fire near Road 20 that buned 0.1 acres and a fire off of West Beatty Avenue that burned 0 acres.

Information about the fourth fire has not yet been reported by FFS.

At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown.

Residents in the area reported seeing emergency vehicles and helicopters in the area Friday night via social media.

The Star will update this report 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.

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