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Firefighters see rise in brush fires reported in Southwest Florida

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Residents has seen a fair share of brush fires across Southwest Florida.

A brush fire was reported in Immokalee Friday as well as two others reported in Lehigh Acres and another in Sabal Springs this past week.

“Probably 2 or 3 a day now,” said Fort Myers Battalion Chief Scott Davis. “As a county as a whole, it’s probably easy to say there’s multiple every day. Normally, even this time of year, we have 70-80 percent humidity, so the air is nice and wet. But right now, we’re at like thirties, and so we have very low humidity which means everything dries out all that much faster.”

This change of pace has led fire crews to respond to brush fires more times a day than they’d like to. It’s also caused residents living near these high-risk environments to take precautions.

“Fifteen or 17 houses got burnt down a couple years ago, and it’s pretty serious,” Larry Byrne said. “When it comes through it really sweeps through.”

On top of taking precautions, fire officials urge that if you see a fire of any size to call 9-1-1.

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