A blaze that erupted last week on Little St. George Island, believed to be caused by flares, affected about 80 acres.

Todd Schroeder, wildfire mitigation specialist with the Florida Forest Service, said preliminary reports showed the fire was first reported at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, and that by 1 p.m. Friday was largely extinguished, with firefighters working to have it completely under control.

He said the Marshall House on the island, and another shed structure, were not threatened by the flames.

Schroeder said the fire remains under investigation, and that the FFS is drawing up an estimate of the fire's costs.

In addition to the FFS, responding to the fire were crews from the Apalachicola National Estaurine Research Reserve, which manages the 2,300-acre island for the state of Florida, as well as a crew from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Kim Wren, stewardship coordinator for ANERR, said preliminary indications are the fire resulted when a flare, found on a capsized boat, was shot off over the island.

She said two ANERR staffers, George Watkins and Jimmy Moses, were among those who took a tractor and dug a fire line, and that Watkins, who also serves as chief of the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department, continued to monitor the area for possible flare-ups.

Any information on the fire's cause are asked to call the sheriff's office at 670-8500.