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Latest wildfire conditions in Southwest Florida

Posted: 7:42 AM, Apr 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-12 11:42:28Z

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - 17 active fires are currently burning over 27,000 acres across the state, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture. 

Two new fires erupted near the Big Cypress National Preserve, according to the National Park Service. 

The Park Service says the fires were caused by lightening strikes and are smaller than 50 acres. 

The fire on the Desoto - Highlands line is 100 percent contained. It burned 200 acres. 

The Spoonbill fire is now 85 percent contained. It's burned more than 1,843 acres. 

It's burning near Bundschu Grade, two miles north of I-75 at mile marker 139. 

The fire is under investigation. 

There's also an increased risk for fires. 

According to the Florida Forest Service, Charlotte and Lee counties are at a very high risk for fires. 

The rest of Southwest Florida is at a moderate risk.