North Collier Fire Brush Fire Update

Article from the North Collier Fire Control & Rescue District.

North Collier Fire is assisting our partners at Greater Naples Fire District with controlling a brush fire in East Naples. The fire is still very active with the Florida Forest Service reporting 6,000 acres burned with 30% containment (see their Press Release below).

Crews from Collier, Lee, Charlotte and as far away as Sarasota have been on-scene assisting. 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. The fire lines are intended to act as fire breaks.

We would like to thank the community for its support as many businesses are providing supplies and refreshments for the fire crews.

The Florida Forestry Service has issued a press release update as of 5:00 p.m. today.  We have provided this for you below.  North Collier Fire will continue to keep you updated.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM FLORIDA FORESTRY SERVICE

Date: March 7, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Contact: Samantha Quinn, Florida Forestry Service, (239) 707-1654

Topic: Collier County (Lee Williams Road) Brush Fire Update

Location: Picayune Strand State Forest in Naples, FL
Acreage: 6,000
Initial Report of Fire: 3/5/17 at 2:00 pm
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 30%
Weather: Winds are coming out of the SE and relative humidity is 38%

Overview:
Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 2pm – City, County, State Firefighters responded to a wildfire on Lee Williams Road in the Picayune Strand State Forest. High winds, dry vegetation, and low relative humidity have been a challenge for firefighters to quickly suppress. Yesterday, winds were pushing the wildfire towards County Road 951. Today, winds have shifted and the fire is spreading towards I-75.

Mandatory Evacuations:
There are mandatory evacuations for Forest Glen, Club Naples RV Park, Panther Walk RV Park and Horse Stables in the Picayune Strand State Forest including Triple V and M & H Stables.

Reception Center:
For evacuees, two reception centers have been established. One center is located at the Golden Gate Community Center at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL. The second center is located at Eagle Lakes Community Park at 11565 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL.

Road Closures:
* I-75 Southbound at mile marker 105 to State Road 29
* County Road 951 between Golden Gate Parkway and Rattlesnake Hammock
* Cedar Hammock Guard House closed
* Naples Lakes Collier Side Closed

Smoke on the Highway:
Where there is fire, there is ultimately smoke, and smoke does not mix well with safe driving. Unforeseen changes in weather may create conditions where visibility on roadways is seriously impaired. Under these conditions, drivers need to be cautious. The best decision is not to drive in fog or smoke. If you must drive under these conditions, there are actions that every driver should take to protect themselves and their passengers: (1) Slow down! (2) Use windshield wipers in heavy fog (3) Turn on your low-beam headlights (4) Report the hazards to 9-1-1.

Resources on Scene:
More than 120 City, County, State Firefighters are battling the wildfire:
* State Firefighting Bulldozers: 9
* City, County, State Brush Trucks: 11
* City & County Engines: 9
* City & County Water Tenders: 4
* State Firefighting Super Huey Helicopter: 1
* State contract SEATS (Single Engine Air Tankers): 2
* State Firefighter Fixed-Wing “Eyes in the Sky”: 1

More information and updates are available on the Collier County website by clicking here. A call center hotline has been established at (239) 252-8444.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests, provides management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests, while protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more here.