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Greenway fire 70 percent contained

Posted: 11:34 PM, Mar 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-29 03:34:29Z

A 17,000 acre fire burning in Collier County is 70% contained according to fire officials.

The Greenway fire started March 21st, before merging with another fire.  It stretches from Collier Boulevard near Verona Walk, to the intersection of Tamiami Trail and San Marco Road.

Winds have gusted between 13 and 20 miles per hour over the past several days, increasing the chances for the fire to spot.

"It's kind of like fighting fire on a pivot point, you have to always change your resources, the parts you're watching," said Florida Forestry Spokesman Michael Weston.

No homes are being threatened and the fire has not spread beyond containment lines.

"The big wildfires we had last spring, have created something of a buffer, for the fire this year because there is less material on the ground," said State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Putnam urged Floridians not to burn any yard debris, even if their county isn't under a burn ban.  He says the Greenway fire should serve as a warning to residents that fire season is not over yet.