Crews battle brush fires in North Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres

Fire season is in full swing. Investigators are looking into several brush fires Thursday.

There are arson investigations open related to recent fires in Lee County.

North Fort Myers Fire Control & Rescue Service District won’t say if the fire Thursday was started by a person.

“They are located near each other,” said Christi Kulwicki with the fire district. “We want to take all the precautionary and get down to the nitty gritty to see what’s causing this.”

The fire district reminds people to be careful, as grass and vegetation is dry and can easily catch fire. If winds are high, that could easily move fire around quick.

North Fort Myers

An arson task force along with investigators are looking into the cause of a brush fire in North Fort Myers Thursday.

The North Fort Myers Fire Dept. crews said they have the fire contained. But, firefighters do not expect to leave anytime soon as they fear the winds could reignite and spread the flames.

The initial call came in shortly after noon. Smoke was coming from a wooded area near Mellow Dr. and Barbie Ln.

“We want to take all of the precautionary and get down to the nitty-gritty to find out what exactly is going on and what’s causing this,” said Christi Kulwicki, North Fort Myers Fire District.

Lehigh Acres

The fire got dangerously close to homes, a few yards from one. The good news is the Lehigh Acres Fire Dept. was able to get it under control quickly. But, there is damage already done to the grass and some trees.

Fire crews said the fire burned about two acres. Chief Robert Dilallo said crews remain on high alert especially with weather conditions Thursday.

“We were expecting a high fire day today,” Dilallo said. “Windy conditions low humidity, so we were ready for a fire today.”

The chief said there might be damage to the back of a home to pine needles catching fire. They are working to assess the damage.

Reporter:Brea Hollingsworth
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