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Brush fire in Big Cypress grows over the weekend

Posted at 8:20 AM, Mar 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-12 08:20:01-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- The brush fire burning at the Big Cypress National Preserve is now thousands of acres larger.  It started at just two acres and spread to more than 3,000 over the weekend.

Last week, the fire shut down several areas of Collier County.  Back in February, firefighters set prescribed burns to another section of the park.

The National Park Service tells Fox 4 that unless there's a shift in wind direction, there's not too much concern for homes in the area.

If you do live nearby and have any concerns, call the Big Cypress Fire Officer at 239-719-0241.

We have some good news about the massive brush fire burning in the Picayune Strand State Forest.  As of Sunday night, the nearly 10,500 acre fire is now 90% contained. 

Fire officials say Saturday's rain helped fire fighters get the upper hand.

We want to point out that the fire danger outlook for Monday is looking better for Southwest Florida.  Back at the start of this weekend, all of Southwest Florida was seeing a high risk for brush fires.  But, Monday's danger forecast shows Southwest Florida completely in the green range, meaning we are at a low risk for brush fires.