Brush fire in Picayune Strand State Forest reaches 3500 acres

Posted at 4:27 PM, Mar 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 06:35:39-05

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- Smoke could be seen throughout Collier County Monday as crews were on scene fighting a brush fire reaching 3,500 acres in Picayune Strand State Forest.

At last report, the fire reached 3,500 acres and is 10% contained. An air tanker is coming in to potential stop movement of the fire.

As of 4:15pm, Collier Boulevard had been closed from Davis Boulevard to Rattlesnake Hammock Road, no word on how long this road closure will last. Alligator Alley remains open in both directions.

Collier County’s Bureau of Emergency Services is issuing a wildfire threat notice. The boundaries of the affected area are Beck Boulevard to the north, Sabal Palm Road to the south, Picayune State Park to the east and Collier Boulevard to the west. There are no mandatory evacuations to residents in the area at this time.

In order to respond to questions about the wildfire threat in eastern Collier County, the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services announces the opening of the Emergency Hotline at 4 p.m. today. The Collier Emergency Hotline numbers are (239) 252-8444 or 311 (Collier County only) and will be open until further notice.

Four In Your Corner has crews on scene monitoring the fire, we will keep you updated as information is released.