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300-acre brush fire continues to burn in Naples

Firefighters say brush fire is 90 percent contained but hot spots continue to spark
Posted at 9:59 AM, Mar 04, 2023

NAPLES, Fla. — Multiple fires sparked across Southwest Florida Friday—lighting up every county in our area, including the massive 300-acre fire in Collier County.

According to the Forest Service, at last check, the fire is 90 percent contained as of Monday afternoon, but firefighters continue to put out hot spots.

The fire caused evacuations for the area but was lifted around 10:30 p.m. Friday night.

Michael Harris, with the Forest Service, confirmed that the fire started around Wilson Road going north.

When driving near the intersection of Wilson and Immokalee Road over the weekend, there was fog and thick smoke from the fire.

Patches of grass appeared to have been scorched by the fire and FOX 4 did see a home that seemed to have been damaged by the fire.

North Collier Fire District officials did release the following preliminary damage report on Saturday.

  • 2 homes totaled
  • 3 homes with minor damage
  • 8 vehicles
  • 19 utility trailers
  • 20 sheds / ancillary bldg
  • 1 John Deere backhoe
  • 4 misc lawn equipment
  • 4 boats
  • 1 semi-trailer used as storage
  • 2 RV trailers
  • 1 construction loader
  • 3 jet skis

The FFS said the cause of the fire was due to power lines coming into contact with a tree. Officials do say neither the tree nor the power line physically fell.

Firefighters say Friday's winds played a significant part. When the fire first sparked, the Collier County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) issued an evacuation, which was lifted Friday night.

CCSO did say to expect smoke throughout the area surrounding the Jung Boulevard fire. This may impact visibility on roadways.

Naples brush fire continues to burn

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