GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, Fla. - Additional firefighting help is expected in Collier County on Thursday to help battle a 1,700 acre brush fire in Golden Gate Estates.
Firefighting crews and equipment from Tallahassee are expected to relieve local firefighting teams, and allow crews to battle the flames around the clock.
The Division of Forestry said wind and dry heat more than tripled the size of the fire on Wednesday. Mandatory evacuations were ordered in some areas, but firefighters say no homes were lost Wednesday.
"We're watching the yard, turned the sprinklers on, make sure there's no hotspots in the backyard, protect our house," said Craig Geary, who stayed home to fight off the approaching flames.
Firefighters estimate at least 100 homes were spared from disaster.
"Going from home to home quite literally to make sure we can keep the fire away," said Victor Hill, spokesman for the Florida Division of Forestry. "We're putting fire trucks right on top of these houses, right in front of them, to make sure the fire does not go after these homes."
Hill said two vehicles were reportedly destroyed in the fire Wednesday.