Emergency services chief provides update on Bay County wildfires

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – This past week has been a week that many in the area will remember for some time. After a series of wildfires affected several communities across the Panhandle.

Bay County Emergency Services Chief Brad Monroe said the rain has been beneficial for the past few days.

As of 5:03 p.m. Saturday, the Florida Forest Service said the Bertha Swamp Road fire was estimated at 33,131 acres and 60% contained.

The Adkins Avenue Fire covers 875 acres and is 95% contained, and the Star Avenue Fire covers 197 acres and is 95% contained.

But looking ahead, Chief Monroe wants people to remain cautious of potential wildfire threats.

“We will be monitoring the fire areas throughout the next 120 days. As we look forward to summer, we will likely experience dry weather again. So we could again be faced with the threat of forest fires. I don’t want people to fully relax, but I think we’re in a really good place right now,” Chief Monroe said.

One of the takeaways Chef Monroe has for these events is the resilience the community has shown through it all. He credits how community members have rebounded in recent years from Hurricane Michael, the pandemic and recent wildfires.

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