Firefighters rolling out hose for brush fire
Brushfires flare up in Golden Gate Estates
1st Avenue NW and Weber Boulevard
GOLDEN GATE ESTATES — The four fires in Golden Gate Estates are 100 percent contained, said Dept. Of Forestry spokesman Victor Hill.
"Several homes got lucky today I'd say," Hill said
Residents on 1st Ave NW are now able to return to their homes.
Residents of 31st Street are still being held back as firefighters tackle two nearby brush fires there.
It's too early to say if the fires are suspicious or how they started.
"I will say statistically that 26 to 27 percent of fires around here start from lightning and the other near 75 percent of them are started by people-- whether on purpose or by accident," Hill said. "and this wasn't started by lightning."
Firefighters are responding to multiple small brush fires on the block of 1st Avenue NW and Weber Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates.
Victor Hill, a spokesman for the Division of Forestry, said there are homes in the vicinity of the fire, but it was too soon too tell if they were being threatened by the fire.
Brush fire trucks from Golden Gate Fire Control and Rescue District and the Division of Forestry have been called to the scene.
Residents near the scene of the fire said Collier County Sheriff’s deputies have reported that no houses are currently threatened by three separate brush fires. Still, residents of one home said deputies advised them to leave their home anyway.
Cheryl Strackbein watches the brush fire from across the street from her home on 1st Ave NW. Strackbein lives with her eight children.
Although Collier County Sheriff's deputies informed her on-scene that as of shortly after 3 pm her home and others were not in jeopardy due to the brush fires, it was small comfort.
"It's just shocking to come home to this. My kids had to walk right through there on their way home from school."
There isn't a formal evacuation. Residents of 1st Ave NW, however, are being strongly encouraged to leave and stay away. So far, they've followed the recommendation, gathering at the end of the street for a while and then in several cases finding an errand to occupy their time.
"It's kind of shocking. I just don't know what to do about my pets. I've got a dog and a pig in there," said Strackbein.
Some people are getting frustrated with the fire. One teen said that a loved one is in their home while they're not being allowed down 1st Ave NW to join them.
"It's really frustrating," said Romy Marques, 17, as he brushed his head with the palm of his hand.
Marques was trying to return home from Gulf Coast High School.
"My mom is in there I guess. They won't let me in and I've got lifeguard training in an hour and I'm trying to get my bathing suit somehow," he said.
Marques's home is the closest to the brush fire near the dead end.