Fire crews closely monitoring brush fire hot spots in Lee County

Posted at 8:02 AM, Mar 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-06 22:33:44-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Southwest Florida is bracing for more brush fires after a weekend full of them in Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral, and Naples.

According to the fire danger forecast map Lee, Charlotte, and Glades counties are all at a "high risk" for brush fires.

Right now the Florida Forest Service is tracking four fires in Lee County.  Most are listed as contained.

Many people in Lehigh Acres who had to leave their homes Sunday night because a fire got out of control will see how bad the damage to their homes is for the first time this morning.

At last check, the fire near the area of Sally Avenue and 42nd Street SW in Lehigh Acres is 85% contained. It’s burned through 202 acres and damaged seven homes.

Residents could be seen watering their roofs and lawns to protect their homes.

We spoke with a few people who had to pack up their belongings and then evacuate to stay with loved ones or the Veterans Park Rec Center, which opened up for evacuees.

Crews did take out a second fire in Lehigh Acres near Grant Boulevard and Charwood Avenue South that burned through 196 acres and damaged one home.