The brush fire in southern Collier County is now under control. Crews will remain on scene extinguishing hot spots and monitoring for any flare ups. There will be considerable smoke throughout the County, especially during overnight hours when the smoke sinks to the ground.
Nearly 7,500 acres were burned by this fire which started on March 5th. Crews from Collier, Lee, Glades, Hendry, Charlotte and as far away as Sarasota and Highlands Counties were on-scene assisting as well as Seminole and Big Cypress fire agencies. As with all wildfire incidents, Florida Forestry Service is the lead agency with local fire agencies providing support to protect structures and provide fire suppression along fire lines that are created by Forest Service plows.
Over the last several months, our District has held town hall meetings, walked neighborhoods and attended community meetings warning of wildfire risks. This fire is a reminder of why these preventative measures are so important. We have several more months of dry season ahead, and we expect additional and significant fire activity.
We ask you to assist us in preparing your property in the event of another fire. This includes ensuring your homes do not have trees, limbs or landscaping near the structure. Click here to learn more about protecting your home.