36th Avenue SE brush fire shrinks in size, containment increases to 75%
The 36th Avenue Southeast brush fire shrunk about 400 acres while containment increased to 75% on Tuesday, according to an afternoon update from the Florida Forest Service.
The fire is now 8,250 acres large, according to the service. The forest service attributed the reduction in acreage to better mapping of the fire on Tuesday.
The fire has burned through eastern Collier County and so far destroyed 12 homes and 33 outbuildings.
The brush fire began in Golden Gate Estates on May 13 and at one point separated into about six brush fires. Evacuation orders were put in place for several areas of the county last week because of the fire but were lifted on May 15.
Over the last several days, firefighters spent a significant of time widening and creating new containment lines, according to the forest service.
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"The increase in containment reflects the tremendous work, time and effort that these men and women have put in over the last week," according to a press release from the Florida Forest Service. "To date, nearly 50,000 gallons of water have been utilized on suppression efforts."
Certain areas of the fire received as much as 2.5 inches of rain Monday and minimal fire behavior was observed on Tuesday, according to the forest service.
The plan for the next couple of days is a continuation of detailed mop up operations, extinguishing smoking stumps and logs as well thorough assessment of established and newly created containment lines, according to the forest service.
The was fire was at 8,663 acres and 60% contained on Tuesday morning.