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Brush fires rage in Hendry, Collier counties

The scene at a brush fire in Collier County on May 13, 2020. (Collier County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook)

Emergency personnel in Hendry and Collier counties are battling separate, but fast-moving brush fires today (May 13).

A brush fire has caused road closures in Hendry County. The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook at 3 p.m. today that S.R. 29 from Sears Road to C.R. 832/Keri is closed in both directions due to  low visibility. The office also said the Duda labor camp should evacuate as soon as possible.

“This is [a] fast moving fire and any and all precautions should be taken. Please avoid this area,” the office stated.

The Seminole Tribe’s Emergency Management department has alerted the Immoklaee Reservation about the fire and urged residents to stay away from the affected area, also stating that that air quality could be affected.

Keri Road, the southern point of the closure, is located about halfway between LaBelle and Immokalee.

Also, multiple brush fires are being battled in Collier County.

“Crews are currently working three fires in the Golden Gate Estates area totaling around 400 acres. Units from all local emergency response agencies are assisting,” the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District posted on Facebook.

Areas and roads impacted include Everglades Blvd. South from 40th Ave. Southeast to Golden Gate Blvd. East. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that the fire “is creating a dangerous situation.”

Homes along 34th Ave. Southeast, 36th Ave. Southeast and 38th Ave. Southeast have been evacuated.

A citizen contact center has been set up for affected residents at 40th Ave. Southeast and Everglades Boulevard. Residents can access this area from Interstate 75 at the Everglades Boulevard overpass.

Southwest Florida is in a severe drought, currently the highest rated drought in the state.