Up to 100 acres on Egmont Key burned by wildfire

EGMONT KEY, Fla. (WFLA) — Egmont Key State Park remains closed Wednesday due to a wildfire that has burned between 80 and 100 acres on the island, which is at the mouth of Tampa Bay just south of Fort De Soto Park.

A lightning strike ignited the wildfire on Tuesday. Florida Fish and Wildlife officials tell News Channel 8 that firefighters worked through the night and continue to work Wednesday morning to put out the fire.

As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, the fire was 50 percent contained.

Officials are planning on bringing firefighters up from the Miami area Wednesday to help put out the fire.

Eagle 8 flew over the wildfire on Tuesday afternoon, and flames, burned trees and smoke could be seen. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles.

Read more: http://wfla.com/2016/07/27/up-to-100-acres-on-egmont-key-burned-by-wildfire/

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