BOKEELIA, Fla. -- Eagles Nest Drive in Bokeelia on Pine Island was one road where fire crews staged while they battled flames from a 25-acre brush fire Wednesday afternoon. Homeowners in the area told WINK News, they had complete faith in the firefighters, knowing they'd work to protect homes.
Michael Allison said flames and smoke billowing into his Bokeelia back yard was something he watched closely Wednesday evening.
"At what point do you get concerned tonight?" said Genevieve Judge, reporter, WINK News. "When the glow gets real close because at night you only see the glow of the fire," said Allison.
The lack of rain along with the dry conditions, Allison knows it can be a recipe for disaster.
"We're always worried about sparks jumping and fire going through the area," said Allison.
With smoke on the horizon for many homeowners along Pine Island, Margie Pollock and her son Ryan, kept their eyes to the sky most of Wednesday afternoon.
"If it jumps the fence or whatever its going to do, it could go towards my house and we'd have to evacuate and thats really scary for me," said Pollock.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office said several homes were evacuated for a short time while fire crews from across southwest Florida got the flames under control. All the while, Allison said he knew his Bokeelia home of 20 years, would be safe and sound.
"I dont really worry. We've got a good fire patrol. They'll probably be out here all night watching the fire," said Allison.
Crews will stay out in the area of the fire, watching hot spots and will be back out again on Thursday morning.