Commissioner Adam H. Putnam announced this afternoon that the Lee Williams Road Fire in Collier County is approximately 7,500 acres and is 40 percent contained.
Lee Williams Road Fire March 8, 2017 Morning Update
Location: Picayune Strand State Forest in Naples, Florida
Acreage: 7,500 approximately
Fire Started: Sunday 3/5/17: 2 pm
Cause: Under Investigation
Weather: Winds are coming out of the East and forecasted to shift out of the South
Afternoon fire activity is anticipated to increase as humidity decreases and wind gusts increase. Firefighters are strategically placed in areas that embers are expected to be of concern while improving containment lines. Wildland firefighting bulldozers are continuing to suppress the wildfire, with shifting winds, as the cold front approaches.
Evacuations were lifted for the Forest Glen community and the Aventine at Naples Apartments.
There are mandatory evacuations for the Club Naples RV Park, Panther Walk RV Park and Horse Stables in the Picayune Strand State Forest including Triple V and M & H Stables. Evacuations are still in place and residents are not allowed in these areas at this time. If asked to evacuate your home, be sure to bring your important family documents (birth certificates, wills, insurance policies), valuables and your family disaster supply kit. Your disaster supply kit should contain enough food, water and supplies to sustain your family for at least three days. Do not forget any medications or special items such as a first aid kit.
A reception center has been established at the Golden Gate Community Center at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL.
Road Closures (Due to smoke and poor visibility)
- I-75 is closed mile marker 80 to mile marker 101 (both sides)
- Intermittent road closures on County Road 951 (Collier Boulevard) between Golden Gate and Rattlesnake Hammock may be throughout the day.
Resources on Scene
Florida Forest Service:
- Fifty- two state and federal firefighters
- Engines – 9
- Firefighting bulldozers (medium) -26
- Firefighting bulldozers (heavy) – 5
- Helicopters – 3
- Swamp buggies
Greater Naples Fire District and mutual aid companies:
- Sixty-seven city and county firefighters
- Brush Trucks – 2
- Engines – 6
- Water Tenders – 2
- Chief Officers – 12
Agencies on Scene:
Florida Forest Service, Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services, West Sebring Volunteer Fire Department, Immokalee Fire Control District, City of Naples Fire-Rescue, Greater Naples Fire District, Marco Island Fire Department, North Collier Fire District, Collier County Emergency Medical Services, Collier County Sheriff, Punta Gorda Fire Department, Big Cypress National Park, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Florida Highway Patrol, Seminole Tribe of Florida, and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Rukaree Bay National Wildlife Research.
More information and updates are available on the Collier County website, www.colliergov.net. A call center has been established (239) 252-8444.
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.