Smoke prompts closures for portions of Collier County roads

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WINK News captured the glow from brush fires in Collier County. 3 large wildfires have burned over 18,000 acres so far.

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:

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