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36th Ave SE Wildfire
originally posted on May 15th, 2020

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2020
Contact: Ludie Bond, (352) 258-6084
Twitter: @FLForestService & @FFS_cafc

36th Ave SE Fire Morning Update
Naples, Fla. – Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters will continue increasing and reinforcing fire containment lines and mopping up hot spots today. The 36th Ave SE Fire remains at 8,663 acres and 40% contained.

36th Ave SE Fire:
Crews continued to improve the established containment lines along with thorough mop up operations on the hot spots that continue to smoke and smolder. The structural protection group and strike teams will work within the communities monitoring hot spots and around homes should there be flare ups. We expect that residents will be returning home since the mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted. We are asking that residents remain vigilant. As a reminder, there are burn bans in effect for Hendry, Lee and Collier counties. Due to the significant amount of equipment working to contain this fire, we are asking residents to stay away from established fire lines and out of active fire areas for their safety as well as the safety of our responders. If residents in the affected area are experiencing power outages, please call Florida Power & Light at 1-800-4-outage (1-800-468-8243).

Air Operations:
A fixed-wing aircraft referred to as an Air Attack continues to patrol the fire area to monitor fire behavior throughout the day. There are also 2 Florida Forest Service helicopters, 1 Collier County Sheriff’s Office helicopter and 1 contracted helicopter available if needed. There are also 2 air tanker airplanes in Lake City that are available for dropping fire retardant.

NO DRONES IN THE FIRE ZONE! A reminder that when you fly, we can’t! Launching your personal drones over the fire areas puts our air resources at risk. Wildland firefighting aircraft must land if drones are detected in their flight areas. This means that firefighting operations must be halted until the air space is clear putting firefighters, residents, and their homes at risk.

Weather outlook for today is calling for relative humidity at 50-60%. Winds will be light today and out of the west. No rain is forecasted for the area until Tuesday. As the drying trend continues and temperatures increase, surface fuels (vegetation) will continue to dry. Fires can start and spread very quickly in these conditions.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests and provides forest management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests. The Florida Forest Service is also responsible for protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FDACS.gov/FLForestService.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2020
Contact: Ludie Bond, (352) 258-6084
Twitter: @FLForestService & @FFS_cafc

36th Ave SE Fire Evening Update
Naples, Fla. – Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters continued increasing and reinforcing fire containment lines and mopping up hot spots today. The 36th Ave SE Fire is 8,663 acres and 40% contained. There is a total of 68 personnel (65 Florida Forest Service) assigned to this fire.

36th Ave SE Fire:
Crews continued to improve the established containment lines along with thorough mop up operations on the hot spots that continue to smoke and smolder. The same plan is in place for tomorrow’s operations. Mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted and residents are able to return to their homes but, are asked to remain vigilant. With so many crucial assets working to contain this fire, we are asking residents to stay off of established fire lines and out of active fire areas for their safety as well as the safety of our responders. If residents in the affected area are experiencing power outages, please call Florida Power and Light at 1-800-4-outage (1-800-468-8243).

Air Operations:
A fixed-wing aircraft referred to as an Air Attack continues to patrol fire area to monitor fire behavior throughout the day. There are also 2 Florida Forest Service helicopters, 1 Sheriff’s Office helicopter and 1 heavy helicopter assigned to this fire if needed. There is also a large tanker airplane from Lake City that is available for dropping fire retardant.

NO DRONES IN THE FIRE ZONE! A reminder that when you fly, we can’t! Launching your personal drones over the fire areas puts our air resources at risk. Wildland firefighting aircraft must land if drones are detected in their flight areas. This means that firefighting operations must be halted until the air space is clear putting firefighters, residents, and their homes at risk.

Weather predictions for tomorrow are calling for relative humidity at 50-60%. Winds will be out of the north at 7-10 mph overnight and will switch to a western component tomorrow afternoon. There is no widespread rain in the forecast for the next 7 days. As the drying trend continues and temperatures increase, surface fuels (vegetation) will continue to dry. Fires can start and spread very quickly in these conditions.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests and provides forest management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests. The Florida Forest Service is also responsible for protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FDACS.gov/FLForestService.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2020
Contact: Ludie Bond, (352) 258-6084
Twitter: @FLForestService & @FFS_cafc

36TH Avenue SE Wildfire Morning Update

Naples, Florida – The Florida Forest Service continues battling a major wildfire in Collier County in Southwest Florida and is asking motorists and residents to remain clear of the area.

Two wildfires broke out on Wednesday May 13th in the Golden Gate community in central Collier County, Florida, west of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. These fires were aided by high winds and extremely low humidity and have grown to 8,500 acres. Due to their close proximity, the wildfires are now being reported as one fire, the 36th Ave SE Fire. Additionally, crews responded to spot fires south of I-75 on the Picayune Strand State Forest.

The Florida Forest Service (FFS) is working in unified command with local fire and emergency responders, including the Greater Naples Fire Rescue, North Collier Fire Rescue, Marco Island Fire Rescue, Collier County Emergency Management, Collier County Sherriff’s Office and many others. Currently, the FFS has 16 tractor/plow units from around the state battling the blaze, along with 3 single engine air tankers, 1 fixed wing aircraft, and 4 helicopters, including the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Air Rescue 1, which is assisting with water drops. A large air tanker out of Lake City is also assisting in the fire fight. Yesterday the air tanker dropped 4 drops and each drop is 3,000 gallons of fire retardant.

Additional FFS resources have been deployed, including the Green Incident Management Team, a dozer strike team from Northeast Florida, and 2 dozer strike teams which were deployed to the area from wildfires in the Panhandle. The Florida Fire Chiefs Association is securing resources to provide additional structure protection.

Containment: As of 9 AM ET, the #36thAveSEFire is estimated at 8,500 acres and 10 percent contained. We are currently assessing structural damages and will be able to provide accurate information regarding damaged or lost structures this afternoon.

Evacuations: ALL MANDATORY EVACUATIONS REMAIN IN PLACE. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered to include the following areas south of I-75 along Beck Boulevard: Forest Glen, LeBuff Road, Benfield Road, Stable Way and Newman Drive: East of Collier landfill, horse farms and the mobile home park off Benfield Road. A map of evacuation zones for the #36thAveSEFire can be found here. Additional evacuations may be ordered based on conditions. To receive emergency alerts from Collier County Emergency Management, visit ALERT Collier to sign up. A shelter has been opened and open to evacuees: Max Hasse Park, 3390 Golden Gate Boulevard West, Naples.

Road Closures: There are currently no road closures. I-75 (Alligator Alley) is now open. Heavy smoke continues to impact in the area, and motorists are urged to use caution.

Video/Photos: Video and photos from the wildfire can be found here as well as on Twitter and on Facebook.

Currently, there are 91 active wildfires burning nearly 16,000 acres in Florida. Last week, the Florida Forest Service battled the 2,000-acre #5MileSwamp Fire in Santa Rosa County and the #MussettBayouFire in Walton County, in which an arrest was announced on Tuesday.

Media with additional questions should contact Florida Forest Service Green Incident Management Team PIO Ludie Bond at )352) 258-6084. Udates may also be found on Twitter at @FFS_Caloosahatchee, @FLForestService, and @FDACS.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests and provides forest management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests. The Florida Forest Service is also responsible for protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FDACS.gov/FLForestService.
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UPDATE: Florida Forest Service Continues to Battle 8,000-acre Wildfire in Collier County
May 14, 2020
Tallahassee, Fla. — The Florida Forest Service is currently battling a major wildfire in Collier County in Southwest Florida and is asking motorists and residents to remain clear of the area.

Two wildfires, the 1,500-acre 22nd Ave SE Fire and the 2,500-acre 36th Ave SE Fire, broke out yesterday afternoon in the Golden Gate community in central Collier County, Florida, west of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. These fires were aided by high winds and extremely low humidity and have grown to 8,000 acres. Due to their close proximity, the wildfires are now being reported as one fire, the 36th Ave SE Fire. Additionally, crews are responding to two spot fires south of I-75 on the Picayune Strand State Forest.

The Florida Forest Service (FFS) is working in unified command with local fire and emergency responders, including the Greater Naples Fire Rescue, North Collier Fire Rescue, Marco Island Fire Rescue, Collier County Emergency Management, Collier County Sherriff’s Office and many others. Currently, the FFS has 16 tractor/plow units from Region 4 battling the blaze, along with 3 single engine air tankers, 1 fixed wing aircraft and 3 helicopters, including the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Air Rescue 1, which is assisting with water drops.

Additional FFS resources have been deployed, including the Green Incident Management Team, a dozer strike team from Northeast Florida, and 2 dozer strike teams which are en route from the Five Mile Swamp Fire in the Panhandle. The Florida Fire Chiefs Association is securing resources to provide additional structure protection.

 
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