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.