Published: Aug 14, 2014 1:28 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 14, 2014 5:54 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Firefighters battled a large brush fire near the Fountain Lakes community, where some homes were evacuated this afternoon. A transient camp sparked the blaze, which has been ruled accidental.

The Estero Fire Department dumped water on homes and properties there, in an effort to protect them.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office helicopter also assisted from above.

According to the Florida Forest Service, the fire spanned 15 acres in total.