Florida Forest Service

Forest fire burns 44 acres in Midway

Forest fire burns 44 acres in Midway

Billows of smoke rose over rooftops in the Midway area Aug. 8 as flames spread throughout acres of wooded area east of River Birch Road and Clay Circle. The smoke was visible across Navarre. Joe Zwierzchowski, a wildfire mitigation specialist for the Florida Forest Service, said a forest fire in the area affected roughly 44 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 31

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 31

POLICE CHIEF FIRED OVER FATAL CITIZENS ACADEMY EXERCISE Punta Gorda City Manager Howard Kunik announced Tom Lewis’ termination on the city’s website Wednesday after an internal investigation. Authorities say former Officer Lee Coel mistakenly shot and killed 73-year-old Mary Knowlton during a role-playing scenario last August. Lewis, as Coel’s boss, had been charged with misdemeanor […]

Blackwater WMA cleaning station set to reopen in fall

Blackwater WMA cleaning station set to reopen in fall

Starting next fall, the Blackwater River Wildlife Management Area will have a cleaning station again. Through efforts of hunters, the Florida Forest Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the station will be reopened. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as […]

Florida Forest Service recognized for prescribe fire efforts

Florida Forest Service recognized for prescribe fire efforts

The Florida Forest Service was recognized at the national level this month, receiving the Wildfire Mitigation Service Leadership Award for its efforts to create a record-breaking prescribed fire program. The award is the highest commendation for innovation and leadership in wildfire preparedness and mitigation. The awards are given by the National Association of State Foresters, […]

Road closure in Blackwater River State Forest

Road closure in Blackwater River State Forest

Officials with the Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater River State Forest have closed a portion of Sandy Forest Road for bridge replacement and road repair. The road is closed from Munson Highway to Charlie Foster Road. The bridge removal will be done by the Florida Forest Service and the new bridge will be installed by a […]

Keep Your Holidays Bright Fire Safety Campaign Begins Dec. 1

Keep Your Holidays Bright  Fire Safety Campaign Begins Dec. 1

Santa Rosa County emergency service agencies, in collaboration with Escambia County and the City of Pensacola, are teaming up for the ninth year to promote fire safety during the month of December with the “Keep Your Holidays Bright” campaign. While a joyous time of year, cold weather, holiday decorations and festivities can create serious fire […]

Weather fanned flames in two separate fires

Weather fanned flames in two separate fires

  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 […]

UPDATED: Fire caused by people grilling

UPDATED: Fire caused by people grilling

The 16.5-acre wildfire at Naval Live Oaks Saturday was caused by people grilling along the beach, according to Florida Forest Service personnel and the Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement. Personnel found a grill, charred hamburger buns and other evidence in the area of the fire’s origin, according to a press release. The grill will be sent […]