|Published:||Jun 18, 2010 2:06 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 17, 2010 11:08 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY & CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A Thursday afternoon storm system touched off brush fires around Southwest Florida. The lightning was almost too much for fire crews.
Brush fire season was very slow, but as things heat up - more fires are expected now.
Smoke could be spotted almost everywhere in Buckingham and North Fort Myers. Where lightning hit - fire started.
"It gets very busy, very quick. At one time we were working four separate fires at the same time. It taps your resources very quickly and agencies that we would call for assistance - they were working fires as well."
By the time one fire was out... it was off to another one - all in rural areas off dirt roads.
"Lightning struck in areas that are heavily wooded, thick areas. Getting trucks in there makes it very very difficult."
First, firefighters responded to a blaze after lightning struck a barn full of hay off Buckingham Road. Then, crews put out two flare-ups near State Route 31. A chopper circled two more brush fires near Nalle Grade Road. One was four acres. The other was 15 acres and threatened three homes.
Fire Chief Larry Nisbet said don't be fooled because dry season is over. Now, conditions are worse.
"We were wet during our dry season and now we're starting to get into our rainy season we actually are drier now than usually the peak of our dry season."
Thursday, it got up to 95 degrees. Because firefighters are working in extreme heat, they said they take breaks when things get too hot for them by taking off some of their gear and drinking lots of water.
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