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Wildfires grow to over 81k acres in Collier County

Posted: 12:19 PM, May 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-13 22:45:06-04
Wildfires burn nearly 70k acres in Collier Co.
Wildfires burn nearly 70k acres in Collier Co.

A total of 81,454 acres is under fire while only a combined 5% is contained in the Big Cypress National Preserve, according to the Avian Complex.


Below are a list of fires burning and containment levels :

  • Buzzard Fire: 61,477 acres, 8% contained
  • Flamingo Fire: 11,640 acres, 5% contained
  • Curlew Fire: 8,339 acres, 15% contained
  • Vulture Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained
  • Caracara Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained


A smoke advisory was issued Friday night for motorist along Hwy, 41, SR-29 and I-75 between Big Cypress National Preserve and Naples.



The following closures are still in effect:


  • Loop Road is closed from Monroe Station to the Everglades Education Center.
  • Dona Drive is closed to all public access.
  • Stairsteps: All lands in Zone 3. Zone 4 is closed to all public access by airboat
  • Paces Dike off-road vehicles (ORVs)
  • Roberts Lake Trail south from Loop Road
  • Lands east of Turner River Rd., west of BICY’s eastern boundary and north of Hwy. 41
  • The Florida National Scenic Trail is closed from the Oasis Visitor Center to I-75 mile marker 63
  • All BICY lands north of I-75 between Hwy. 29 and Bundschu Grade