Florida Forestry battles 2 Gulf County wildfires


Both fires are now 100 percent contained.


The Jarrot Daniels Road fire is reported to be 100 percent contained.

UPDATE 12:45 P.M. – Both fires are now 90 percent contained according to the Florida Forest Service.

UPDATE 8:08 A.M. – A second wildfire was reported in the Ditch Landing area off of Doc Whitfield Road on Tuesday morning.

It is currently reported as being 5 acres and 0 percent contained.

Gulf County Emergency Management Director Matt Herring said that the fire is in a difficult location  for firefighters to access.

“It’s very hard to get to,” he said.  “But we’re woorking on it with about two dozen members of (Florida) Forestry and a helicopter to try to keep it under control.”


The Florida Forest Service reported a wildfire in the area of Jarrott Daniles Road and  County Road 386 that broke out on Monday.

As of Tuesday morning, the fire was reported to be 90 acres and 60 percent contained.

Gulf County Emergency Management Director Matt Herring said that firefighters continue to monitor the fire as humidity drops and wind speeds pick up on Tuesday,  but that the fire is mostly contained at this time.

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This report will be updated as more information becomes available.

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper NonDoc.com during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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