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Southwest Florida wildfires update March 30, 2018

Posted: 1:29 PM, Mar 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-30 17:44:34Z
Southwest Florida fires update March 30, 2018
Southwest Florida fires update March 30, 2018

Through the evening hours, the Greenway Fire showed very little fire activity. “Overall, the entire operation is looking good,” said Mike Weston, Center Manager for Caloosahatchee Forestry Center. “ The burn out operation was a tremendous success and we appreciate the community’s cooperation.” If containment lines hold, supervisors should be able to increase containment this afternoon. Motorists may see smoke along US-41, please use caution in this area.

Wildland firefighters are preparing for potential lightning fires associated with the cold front approaching the area on Saturday. Southwest Florida residents are asked to use this time to prepare their homes for when, not if, a wildfire comes through. Prepare 30 feet of defensible space around your home. Clean dry, dead vegetation off the roof, out of the gutters, or from around homes. Prepare and practice an evacuation plan.

Resources on the fire scenes:

  • State Firefighting Bulldozers: 12
  • Fire District & State Brush Trucks: 11
  • State Firefighter Fixed-Wing: 1

Current Wildfire Statuses:

  1. Greenway Fire
    • County: Collier
    • Acres: 17,138
    • Containment: 70%
    • Cause: Lightning
  2. Flag Pond Fire
    • County: Collier
    • Acres: 2,578
    • Containment: 100%
    • Cause: Lightning
  3. West Boundary Fire
    • County: Hendry
    • Acres: 2,642
    • Containment: 90%
    • Cause: Lightning
  4. Shamrock Dr Fire
    • County: Lee
    • Acres: 20
    • Containment: 100%
    • Cause: powerline

For more information on wildfire or fire prevention, please visit FreshFromFlorida.com , download the free app FL Burn Tools, or follow us on Twitter.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests, provides management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests, while protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres.  Learn more at  FloridaForestService.com .

 

 

For questions about burn authorizations and wildfire prevention, please contact your local Florida Forest Service field unit office at (239) 690-8001.