20,000 brush fire continues to burn in Big Cypress Preserve
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CREATED Apr. 1, 2013
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.-
A massive brush fire, burning for days in the Big Cypress Preserve area continues to give emergency crews quite the battle. Spokesman Ryan Stubblebine said the fire was no act of mother nature.
"We haven't had any controlled or prescribed fire activities anywhere within that area, no weather events were recorded so that's what labels it as suspicious." Stubblebine said.
But, it is mother nature giving fire crews a challenge. The fire broke out over the weekend and is still only partly contained. Stubblebine said hot, breezy conditions can fuel the fire and the chance of severe weather has crews keeping an eye on the sky.
"Clearly lightening is by far the number one cause for wildfires in the area so any severe wx that could have lightening associated with it could mean new start ups in the area." Stubblebine said.
If the wind shifts directions or if there is any severe weather, Stubblebine said it could affect your commute.
"Tomorrow morning it's always good to check conditions out here to see if there are any road closures if you're in the area. Experiencing any type of smoke just take it a little bit slower and use common sense and safety." Stubblebine said.