The threat of wildfires continues across the sunshine state. The Florida Forest Service (FFS) continues battling a major wildfire in Collier County in Southwest Florida. While, there is currently no road closures, it is advised that motorists and residents 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 more than 8,500 acres. Due to their close proximity, the wildfires are now being reported as one fire, the โ€˜36th Ave SE Fireโ€™. Crews have also responded to spot fires south of I-75 on the Picayune Strand State Forest.

“Here in South Florida we’ve been extremely busy with wildfires. Unfortunately, some of those large wildfires up in the panhandle and then down here locally people have lost their homes and lost their structures,” sayโ€™s Ludie Bond, Public Information Officer with the Florida Forest Service.

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