Five Mile Swamp Fire claims 14 homes near Garcon Point

Despite meeting increased permitting requirements, a prescribed burn got out of control last week near the intersection of Avalon Boulevard and I-10, sparking a wildfire that burned more than 2,000 acres, displaced hundreds of people at a time and destroyed 14 homes.

Officials said the fire, dubbed the Five Mile Swamp Fire, escaped control May 4, and by May 5 roughly 250 acres were impacted. Within 24 hours, it had grown to 10 times that size, moving its way across the Garcon Point peninsula.


Read the full article in the May 14 issue of Navarre Press.
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