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Running vehicles a fire hazard during dry conditions

Posted at 12:42 PM, May 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-08 13:14:16-04

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. — Authorities warn of increased fire hazards as drier conditions continue. A brush fire in North Fort Myers caused by a running car shows just how dangerous it can be.

Firefighters say someone fishing left their vehicle running and heat from the car sparked a five-acre brush fire near Pacific Avenue and Monterey Street. Firefighters were able to contain the fire.

RELATED: More than 3,500 cars involved in fire near RSW Airport

Last year a fire burned 15 acres of land near Southwest Florida International Airport, where more than 3,500 rental cars were damaged or destroyed. Fire investigators say the blaze was started by a hot exhaust system that came in contact with dry grass.