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Crews still working to extinguish 400 acre wildfire in Wakulla County

Fire is 65% contained as of Tuesday
Posted at 5:36 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 17:36:41-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The wildfire in Wakulla County is still burning, now 65 percent contained.

Forest Road 316 is a containment line where firefighters have been working to make sure that the Wakulla County fire remains under control.

The field holds charred remains of the fire in that area.

Firefighters established a border around the fire that grew to about 430 acres. They say the flames on Monday were as tall as 40 feet.

More than 24 hours later, helicopters are still making their way around the flames, dousing them with water.

"Helicopters are doing water drops because there's still activity within the perimeter of the fire, but the fire itself is staying within that perimeter," said Susan Blake, the public affairs specialist for the National Forests of Florida. "That's why we don't have a color fire rescue here doing structural protection. So at this point, they're involved in suppression operations and so far everything's going successfully."

Firefighters say at this time there is no longer a threat to any structures or any public safety and they will continue to investigate the cause of the fire.