Few changes among three Collier County wildfires

Posted at 1:48 PM, Apr 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-26 13:48:09-04

NAPLES, Fla. – Fire crews in Collier County are still on the front-lines, making progress against a devastating wildfire in Golden Gate Estates.

As of Wednesday morning, the 30th Avenue Fire -- which has destroyed at least nine structures -- remains at just over 7,000 acres and it's still 75% contained.

Crews have spent the last few days strengthening fire lines. The fire sparked last Thursday and at one point thousands of homeowners were forced to evacuate.  Those evacuations have since been lifted.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Meanwhile, crews farther east in Collier County are gaining the upper-hand on wildfire in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

That’s where the Cowbell Fire has burned nearly 22,000 acres and is 75% contained. The fire has been burning for several weeks near Alligator Alley, and a mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for several campgrounds in the preserve.

Between those two larger fires, the smaller Mile Marker 87 fire is 80% contained at 516 acres.