LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. -- Danger in Lehigh Acres on Sunday. We've learned about a total of five brush fires in different sections of the city. Some crept close to homes. The largest one happened near East 13th Street and Truman Avenue.
The good news is that no one was injured, and no homes were damages."It was very scary. It was very scary. I don't want to experience this ever again," said one resident.
A frightening Sunday for Lehigh Acres families as flames from five different fires crept dangerously close to homes.
"I was scared. I thought it was going to reach the house."
Lehigh Battalion Chief Robert Dilallo says outside, its been very dry. And in this case, he calls it "a red flag day"meaning the conditions can create a perfect concoction for disaster. "The humidity was very low. It was kind of breezy and windy so it was perfect conditions for a fire," he said.
In one case, he believes an ember from one fire sparked another nearby.
Crews from all over southwest Florida, from Estero to Cape Coral were called in for help. The largest fire burned about six to eight acres near East 13th street.
Late into the afternoon, crews battled the blaze and sprayed down hot spots. Neighbors stepped in to protect their own homes.
Firefighters say this is a good reminder to be extra cautious this time of year. Don't burn anything outside, don't throw cigarettes out.