Brush fire contained after erupting in San Carlos Park, near RSW

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A brush fire, called the Water Plant Fire, erupted south of Southwest Florida International Airport Sunday afternoon, but was contained by 9 p.m. officials say.

The fire grew to 30 acres in size, according to Florida Division of Forestry spokeswoman Samantha Quinn.

According to the San Carlos Park Fire Department spokeswoman Alexis Rothring, crews from San Carlos Park Fire Department, Department of Forestry and the South Strike Team responded.

A helicopter made 26 water drops to help contain the fire, Quinn said.

At one point Sunday afternoon, the water plant fire was burning just five acres from the airport. And there was some concern all of the smoke would affect flights coming in and out of RSW.

But a spokeswoman from the Lee County Port Authority says all operations are running smoothly at this time.

“All the factors—it’s very dry out. And we’re just trying to quickly contain every fire we get called to so that it doesn’t get to massive size,” Quinn said.

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