UPDATE JULY 6 — The fire is now 75 percent contained. Updates will be provided here.
UPDATE 9 P.M. — The fire is now reported to be 50 percent contained.
ORIGINAL REPORT —
The Florida Forest Service reported that they were responding to an active wildfire in swampland about two miles north of Highland View.
The exact acreage of the fire is unknown. At this time, no structures are threatened and the forest service has not requested additional support from local fire departments.
It has been named the Chicken House Branch Fire.
The forest service is reporting that the fire is 10 percent contained at this time, though Gulf County Emergency Management Director Matt Herring said that due to the swampy nature of its location, crews were having difficulty accessing the fire.
“It’s in the swamp, and they can’t event get to it with their tractors. They’re cutting lines around it, but they can’t even get to it, so it’s going to have to burn to them. It’s too dangerous for them to take a tractor into the swamp,” he said.
Herring said these local departments would remain on standby in case a change in the wind pushes the fire towards Highland View.
This report will be updated as information becomes available.