Unlikely source reported in Collier County fire

Posted at 11:04 AM, Apr 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-25 07:19:29-04

NAPLES, Fla. -- Authorities with the North Collier Fire Rescue District said Monday they know what sparked the fire in golden Gate Estates late last week that destroyed nine structures.

The district announced on Facebook Monday that a lawnmower hit a rock, causing a spark that started the fire.  However, they have since removed that information from the message.

The Florida Forest Service is the lead agency in the case and has not yet officialy determined a cause for the fire.

That fire has since burned over 7,000 acres and is currently 50% contained.

Firefighters worked to strengthen containment lines overnight on the fire and saw great success as recent rains and weather helped turn the tide in the favor of suppression efforts. Tractor-plow units and brush trucks bolstered the western half of the fire perimeter Sunday and will turn their attention to mopping up hot spots and improving line along the fire’s eastern front as winds are expected to change direction and increase Monday.

All evacuations orders have been lifted.

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.