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Wakulla Fire Two-Thirds Contained, Homes No Longer Threatened

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The 430-acre High Hill Fire is burning in the Apalachicola National Forest in Wakulla County.

A 30-acre brush fire in Wakulla County early Monday afternoon quickly accelerated to 430 acres.

It’s burning in the Apalachicola National Forest about 6 miles south of Highway 20 and east of Smith Creek Road.

Susan Blake with the U.S. Forest Service says the wildfire is about two-thirds contained. “The fire has reduced in intensity," Blake says. "Today, the flames are 7 to 10 feet, but yesterday they got to 40 feet in length."

Fire lines are helping keep the wildfire away from rural homes. As of late this morning, visibility is half a mile with light smoke in the area.

The cause has not been determined. The fire broke out during a red flag warning, which means conditions – like low humidity and high winds - are ripe for wildfires.

Gina Jordan is the host of Morning Edition for WFSU News. Gina is a Tallahassee native and graduate of Florida State University. She spent 15 years working in news/talk and country radio in Orlando before becoming a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU in 2008. Follow Gina: @hearyourthought on Twitter. Click below for Gina's full bio.