While the causes of the weekend fires are still under investigation, Joe Zwierzchowski, Public Information Officer for the Florida Forest Service says low humidity and winds fanned the flames of both. “Typically we don’t see this in the overnight hours, but low humidity and high winds make for larger flame heights, and they move more quickly,” said Zwierzchowski.
The first wildfire, termed the Publix fire, occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday night. Holley-Navarre Fire Department was called to the fire burning in a vacant lot near Publix at 7:17 p.m. Just five minutes later, Engine 45 arrived on scene, and one minute later, the Florida Forest Service arrived.
“We went to the back side of the fire and made our way through the trails and attacked the fire. The winds were pushing it south towards Highway 98, so I called in Navarre Beach Fire Department and they put water on the front side,” said Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Norton. The Florida Forest Service plowed a containment line to prevent it from spreading further. The fire was kept to less than one acre.
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