CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- Two fires have charred hundreds of acres in Charlotte County.
In Rotonda, hot spots are still burning in 70-acre brush fire that threatened dozens of homes yesterday. Firefighters say high winds and thick brush fueled the flames for hours. Between this fire and another off Bermont Road, fire officials had to initiate a total recall, meaning all on and off duty fire workers were called in.
In all, crews say more than 60 acres burned in Rotonda. Four different strike teams helped douse the blaze and twice overnight. Crews came back to put out hot spots. Dee Hawkins with Charlotte County fire and rescue says, besides wind gusts of up to 30 miles a hour, crews faced other challenges fighting this fire.
"You have is these beautiful houses relatively new and they are little bit sparse in some areas, little bit more populated in others but very close to unoccupied, un cleared lots with heavy fuel," said Dee Hawkins.
There has been no structural damage at that location, despite getting dangerously close to several homes.
Firefighters are still keeping an eye on a 450-acre brush fire east of Punta Gorda. The fire took out two mobile homes near Bermont Road yesterday afternoon. It's now under control, but firefighters are still monitoring the flames.
Officials are still investigating the causes of both fires.