Joe Zwierzchowski

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 […]

Wildfires threaten structures

Wildfires threaten structures

A trio of brush fires threatened homes Sunday afternoon in Navarre, Milton and Pensacola. As fire departments were called to their respective fires, other districts were called in as available to cover each district. The first call came in Navarre around 1:45 p.m. at Hidden Estates Circle off East Bay Boulevard of a brush fire, […]

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, […]

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 […]