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Smoke prompts closures for portions of Collier County roads

Firefighters continue to battle two wildfires in Collier and Hendry counties on Tuesday after two fires merged Monday evening.

MORE: More resources being deployed to help fight Collier fires

Fire officials confirmed that the Greenway fire and the 116th Avenue SE fire merged around 3:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon. It will now be referred to as the Greenway fire.

Stronger winds pushing to the southwest are making the Greenway fire harder to contain for firefighters.

“We expect possible volatile fire conditions, so in anticipation of that, we’ve brought in overtime to up-staff to meet the need today,” said Nolan Sapp, Assistant Fire Chief of Greater Naples Fire District.

Collier County

‘Greenway’ fire

The Greenway fire has burned 16,794 acres and is 50 percent contained as of 9:10 a.m. according to the Greater Naples Fire Chief.

The following roads are closed due to smoke in the area, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office:

  • Eastbound Sabal Palm Road at Brandy Lane
  • Everglades Boulevard South to 52nd Avenue Southeast

U.S. 41 eastbound from San Marco Road to State Road 29 was shut down for several hours but reopened around 6:08 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

WINK News reporter Hannah Vogel was live as residents expressed their concerns with the smoke surrounding fires in Collier County:

Winds are out of the northeast and are expected to move easterly between 18 and 20 mph, according to a statement from Greater Naples Fire Rescue.

Residents living in Verona Walk, Winding Cypress and near the intersection of Lake Park Road and Tamiami Trail should monitor the conditions, according to Greater Naples Fire Rescue.

Hendry County

‘West Boundary’ fire

This fire has charred 2,800 acres and is 80 percent contained as of 8:00 p.m., according to the Caloosahatchee Forestry Center.

Stay prepared SWFL

The Florida Forest Service has not issued any mandatory evacuations, but officials stress being prepared in the event they need to leave their homes.

There are five things to remember to take with you in the event of an evacuation:

  • People, family and pets
  • Prescriptions, glasses and hearing aids
  • Papers and important documents
  • Personal needs such as clothes, cash, phones and chargers
  • Priceless items such as family heirlooms or photos

WINK News anchor Lois Thome spoke more about the five P’s of an evacuation on Facebook:

MORE: Full fire coverage 

Fire danger could reach very high risk levels on Tuesday, largely due to dry soil and gusting winds up to 35 mph, according to WINK News Meteorologist Matt Devitt.

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