Fire crews contain 26-acre brush fire in Golden Gate Estates

Helicopter collecting water for brush fire on Shady Hollow Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates. Firefighters battled a 26-acre blaze near the intersection of Shady Hollow Boulevard and Immokalee Road; four homes were threatened in the blaze. Photo by Jino Gray

Photo by Jino Gray

Helicopter collecting water for brush fire on Shady Hollow Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates. Firefighters battled a 26-acre blaze near the intersection of Shady Hollow Boulevard and Immokalee Road; four homes were threatened in the blaze. Photo by Jino Gray

— A brush fire in Golden Gate Estates is now 100 percent contained, after temporarily closing Immokalee Road in both directions at Shady Hollow Boulevard.

According to Victor A. Hill, wildfire mitigation specialist for the Florida Division of Forestry’s Caloosahatchee Forestry Center, there were two separate fires off Shady Hollow Boulevard today.

Hill said the first fire, a 26-acre blaze near the intersection of Shady Hollow Boulevard and Immokalee Road, was 100 percent contained as of 8 p.m. Four homes were threatened in that fire. Fire crews expected the fire to smolder all night.

“Fortunately there was no damage,” Hill said.

With the fire contained, he said residents could expect a lot of residual smoke in the area.

A second fire, Hill said was only one-tenth of an acre and was farther west.

“We do have reason to believe these two fires were suspicious,” he said.

Hill added that if anyone saw something suspicious in the area to please call law enforcement.

Collier County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Natalie Felber said dispatch received a call about a possible brushfire near the intersection of Shady Hollow Boulevard East and Wilson Boulevard at 3:55 p.m.

At least six fire agencies responded to the fires, both of which occurred in the Big Corkscrew Fire District, including the Florida Division of Forestry and other surrounding fire districts.

Hill credits the timely response from those agencies for preventing further damage. The vegetation near the threatened homes were dry and dense, a recipe for fueling fast-moving wildfires.

“This could have been a really bad fire, but they got a lot of units on it in a short amount of time,” Hill said.

Posted earlier:

Multiple agencies are responding to a rapidly spreading brush fire in Golden Gate Estates that has closed Immokalee Road in both directions at Shady Hollow Boulevard.

According to Collier County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Natalie Felber, the call came in at 3:55 p.m. about a possible brushfire near the intersection of Shady Hollow Boulevard East and Wilson Boulevard.

Golden gate Fire Control and Rescue District officials said the department responded to the scene, but that fire was spreading too quickly due to plenty of fuel (overgrown brush) in the area.

As of 4:30 p.m. two homes are in danger, officials said but had not caught fire.

A command team and brush trucks have been requested, Golden Gate Fire officials said and the Florida Division of Forestry is also responding.

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