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The Florida Forest Service advised that the fire remains at 8,080 acres, but containment has increased to 80%.


Wildland firefighters made great progress on the Fire Break 56 Wildfire yesterday. The fire is currently 8,044 acres and 75% contained. Recent rainfall measured ¾ of an inch, aiding in suppression efforts.



The Florida Forest Service, Chipola Forestry Center have been working the Fire Break 56 Wildfire in Gulf County since Tuesday, March 27th.

The wildfire is located between White City work center on County Road 71 and Overstreet Tower on County Road 386.

The fire is currently 8,015 acres and 25% contained. There are no structures or residents threatened; a contingency plan is in place if this situation changes.

A wildfire smoke advisory has been issued for Gulf County residents in the Overstreet area. Please take the following extra safety measures to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke

Stay indoors and keep your indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed unless it is very hot outside. Run an air conditioner if you have one, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside. Seek shelter elsewhere if you do not have an air conditioner and it is too warm to stay inside with the windows closed.

Use an air filter. Use a freestanding indoor air filter with particle removal to help protect people with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory conditions and the elderly and children from the effects of wildfire smoke. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on filter replacement and where to place the device.

Do not add to indoor pollution. When smoke levels are high, do not use anything that burns, such as candles and fireplaces. Do not vacuum, because vacuuming stirs up particles already inside your home. Do not smoke tobacco or other products, because smoking puts even more pollution into the air.

Follow your doctor’s advice about medicines and about your respiratory management plan if you have asthma or another lung disease or cardiovascular disease. Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen.

Do not rely on dust masks for protection. Paper “comfort” or “dust” masks are commonly found at hardware stores trap large particles, such as sawdust. These masks will not protect your lungs from smoke. An “N95” mask, properly worn, will offer some protection. If you decide to keep a mask on hand, see the Respirator Fact Sheet provided by CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

For more information on wildfire smoke safety, please visit

    Gulf County Emergency Management is responsible for planning for emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation efforts for all types of emergencies and disasters in Gulf County, Florida. It's the goal of this department and other agencies serving the county, that the general public, schools, businesses, agencies and all others will be better prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster.

    The Gulf County area has endured more than a few various and sundry different types of natural and man-made disasters and emergencies. Coordinated plans must be developed to prevent or mitigate the effects of disasters upon individuals primarily, and to protect the property of those individuals, secondarily.

    Being prepared for a disaster or emergency is a vital part of living on the Gulf Coast of Florida, and it is everyone's responsibility. Gulf County Emergency Management has a variety of publications, information and tools available to assist the residents of and visitors to Gulf County, Florida, in order that those individuals would be better prepared for the types of emergencies or disasters typical to the county.

    "Luck is the derivative of good planning." Branch Rickey, General Manager, Brooklyn Dodgers (1943-50).

    Florida Division of Emergency Management
    Gulf County's Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS)
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    GC SNR

    Mailing Address:
    1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd
    Building 500
    Port St. Joe, FL 32456

    Phone: (850) 229-9110
    Fax: (850) 665-3427


    Marshall Nelson

    Ben Guthrie
    911 Coordinator

    Jessica Susich
    GIS Coordinator

    Rachel Jackson
    Staff Assistant