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Brush fire threatens multiple homes in North Fort Myers

Posted at 11:08 PM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-26 23:08:49-05

Fire crews from all over Lee County worked tirelessly in North Fort Myers to fight a brush fire that broke out during the early afternoon on Friday. The fire quickly spread to more than ten acres and took hours to put out. 

One of the fire fighter Fox 4 spoke with was Michael Weston, who works with the Florida Fire Service. While crews worked to mop the brush. Weston was working tirelessly to make sure no further damage was done. 

"The goal is to get it controlled so that we don;t have to come back to it", he told Four In Your Corner. 

The fire began when a tree fell on a power line. Crews responded quickly but it wasn't until four in the afternoon that they were able to contain the fire. The wind and dry air from the cold snap making this job tougher than most. 

Firefighters told Four In Your Corner that the best way to prevent brush fires is for homeowners to be proactive. Keeping a 30 foot perimeter around the house is the easiest way to do this. Firefighters urging people to do this in order to keep fire from reaching their homes if it does occur.  

Another way to protect homes from brush fires ois to make sure there isn't any lingering debris from the hurricane near your home. Crews say the cold snap and extra brush make the debris easy kindling for a potential blaze. 

Wetting the grass and trees near the house is also a a way to protect the home. The dry air from the cold snap makes it so the grass and trees will easily catch fire. Wetting the plants yourself will help lower risk.