Collier County fire jumps to over 7,000 acres

Posted at 5:43 PM, Apr 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-24 08:07:34-04

Fire personnel were able to get a better estimate of the size of the 30th Ave fire burning in Collier County and reports show the fire is 7,034 acres on Sunday.

This is a substantial increase from the last reports of 5,531 acres on Saturday.

“Part of the reason for the jump in acres is the fire activity we saw Friday night and into Saturday was after the last IR flight,” Incident Commander John Kern said. “It’s a combination of better mapping and an active fire.”

However, the fire containment still stands at 50 percent.


Crews are out in the blaze trying to improve fire lines in all areas.

With reduced fire activity and a mandatory evacuation being lifted, the Collier County Emergency Information Hotline was closed at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

If flames become visible in that area people are urged to call 911.

There is a 5-mile temporary flight restriction, including drones, surrounding the 30th Ave. Fire.  It is a third degree felony to fly a drone in any area that has firefighting air support on scene.