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Florida Forest Service Continue To Monitor Two Gulf County Wildfires

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Around the same time earlier Wednesday afternoon, the Overstreet area and a portion of Highway 22-A in Gulf County, about 18 miles apart, went up in flames.

Two separate wildfires, both battling mother nature Wednesday.

As of Wednesday night, 100 acre Overstreet Wildfire is 85 percent contained.

While it posed a threat to about 30 structures,mostly homes, the Florida Forest Service says none of them were damaged.

The agency says it appears to have been an act of arson that started the fire and high winds only acted as fuel.

"The wind was causing a lot of challenges, if you will, and the fire was spotting ahead of itself, sometimes across some lines we were establishing," says Brian Goddin, Public Information Officer with the Florida Forest Service. "The Florida Forest Service again vigilant on that and trying to catch those spot fires and stopping it from spreading and getting any bigger."

About 18 miles southwest of the Overstreet Wildfire, another 100 acre wildfire continues to smolder off Highway 22 in Gulf County, just a few miles west of Wewahitchka.

The blaze named the Highway 22-A Wildfire is 80 percent contained as of Wednesday night.

The Florida Forest Service says it's believed the fire started from sparks from downed power lines.

Steve Oswalt with the FFS says the greater the wind, the greater the fire danger. The agency says hopefully the wind will die down as crews continue to contain the blaze overnight.

"We know tomorrow when the sun comes out it might go back out," says Oswalt. "We want to get a good secure line around it so tomorrow[Thursday] it won't bust back up and start back over again."

Multiple local fire departments also assisted the Florida Forest Service in containing the Overstreet Wildfire. Overstreet, St. Joe Beach, the City of Port St. Joe, Highland View, Howard Creek, South Gulf County, and Mexico Beach Bay fire departments were on scene.