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Two acres burning on north end of Egmont Key Sunday

Six people were evacuated while helicopters worked to extinguish the fire.
 
Egmont Key off the coast of Fort DeSoto in Tampa Bay. Fire officials worked to extinguish a 2-acre fire that burned Sunday afternoon. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Egmont Key off the coast of Fort DeSoto in Tampa Bay. Fire officials worked to extinguish a 2-acre fire that burned Sunday afternoon. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Published Aug. 13, 2023

About two acres of land on the north end of Egmont Key was on fire as of Sunday afternoon, according to a media release from the Lealman and Tierra Verde fire districts.

Fire Rescue crews were working on extinguishing the fire with the help of Hillsborough County air units, the release said, deploying “Bambi buckets” to drop water on the flames.

Six people were evacuated from Egmont Key without injury, officials said. No buildings were at risk or involved in the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Egmont Key is a small island at the mouth of Tampa Bay, visible from the Skyway Bridge and Fort DeSoto Park. It’s accessible only by boat and is mostly a wildlife refuge, but open to visitors for beach access. Egmont Key is home to a lighthouse which dates back to 1858, and played a military role in the Third Seminole War, the Civil War and the Spanish-American War.

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