Holley Navarre Fire Department Chief Ron Norton said the Department of Agriculture was interviewing juvenile boys about fireworks usage and they were 99 percent sure that is what caused the fire.
The fire did not damage any houses; it went through about five acres of an undeveloped area that was thick woods. Five fire departments helped put out the blaze, Holley-Navarre, Navarre Beach, Midway, Avalon-Mulat and East Milton, while Escambia County and Florosa departments were on standby to assist if needed.
Firefighters were on scene from about 3 p.m. after they got the call until about 6 p.m.
Norton said they are continuing to monitor the area for the next few days, but rain would help the situation.
“There were a lot of people involved yesterday,” said Chief Norton. “If it doesn’t rain, it will probably smolder for the next few days at least, but rain would be nice.”
He also said everything is inside the control lines and as long as there isn’t any jumping of heat or flame, there should be no danger of anything getting out.