CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – Fire crews in Charlotte County have been working overnight in the Gulf Cove community, putting out hot spots after a fire broke out in the area Monday.
This is happening as fire conditions in Southwest Florida are taking a turn for the worst. According to the Florida Forest Service, Lee and Charlotte counties are at an extreme fire risk on Tuesday. That's the highest the risk can be.
Collier and DeSoto counties are at a very high risk, Glades County is at a high risk, and Hendry is at a moderate risk.
Another day to #Besafe, #BeSmart and to remember #OnlyYou!!! #Manatee, #Sarasota, Desoto y'all are very high very danger today, #Charlotte y'all are at EXTREME and #Hardee y'all are high , again #Becareful!!!! pic.twitter.com/L51a67sVdO
— FFS Myakka (@FFS_Myakka) May 8, 2018
In Gulf Cove, crews have been working into the morning to keep the fire from getting worse in the area of Karney and Conroy Avenues, near Chippewa and Pilgrim streets.
Brand new video we got overnight shows smoke, flare ups and a crew working to put them out.
The brush fire started Monday afternoon and grew to 22 acres. Six roads were forced to shut down. Several homes were threatened, but none were damaged.
The last update we got from the Florida Forest Service is that the fire is 95% contained.
A brush truck is on standby in case the situation changes and flare ups spread.