Brush fires burns near Pine Island Road
Cape Coral, Florida - A lightning strike is the reported cause of a small brush fire that broke out late Thursday afternoon.
Firefighters from three stations manning two brush trucks responded to Chiquita Blvd and Pine Island Road after receiving a report of smoke in the area just after 7:00 pm. Crews arrived to find approximately ½ acre of Australian pine and brush burning in an area west of the cemetery that was extremely difficult to reach.
Firefighters used hand tools to extinguish pockets of fire until the Florida Forest Service arrived with a tractor plow to create fire breaks and access points to the fire. Once the fire was brought under control, personnel worked to secure the perimeter to prevent any flare-ups from spreading.
Cape Coral's Fire Department maintains specialized brush firefighting equipment to handle woods and grass fires. These smaller vehicles allow firefighters to get into wooded areas that the larger fire engines would not be able to access.