A large brush fire is raging at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. As of 3:55 p.m. South Walton Fire District, the State Park and the Division of Forestry are working on containing the fire. The fire is approximately 100 acres, and according to SWFD Deputy Chief, Sean Hughes, should be contained soon.
At approximately 1:45pm today the SWFD received a call of a tree on fire in the vicinity of the Hwy. 98 and CR 30A intersection. It is believed that the dead tree fell across some power lines and ignited. Fire District crews arrived to find approximately 1 acre on fire, spreading quickly due to strong winds.
The Division of Forestry (DOF) was requested to respond and is currently on scene with four tractors battling the fire. At this time (4:15 p.m.) the fire is contained within the boundaries of the park and no structures are threatened.