Crews contain pair of Immokalee brush fires

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North Collier firefighters help battle brush fires in Immokalee. Photo via North Collier Fire Twitter.

IMMOKALEE, Fla. Crews were able to contain two brush fires Wednesday afternoon, the Immokalee Fire Control District said.

The first was a 5-acre blaze near East Main Street while the second was a 3-acre fire at Justice Circle, firefighters said.

The North Collier Fire District was called to assist.

Fire officials believe the Justice Circle blaze may have been started by children, making this the third fire within the last week. The brush fire in Lehigh Acres last week, as well as Monday’s fire in Golden Gate Estates, were also sparked by children.

“A lot of it is because they don’t have a lot to do or they’re home and their parents are at work, so there’s not a lot of supervision,” Immokalee Fire Chief Paul Anderson said. “The big thing is education, and let them know how dangerous it is — they think they’re playing with a small fire, [but] it can easily get out of hand.”

The cause of the East Main Street fire remains unclear.

Crews will return to clear the area Thursday morning to prevent dry conditions from igniting another fire.

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