Firefighters continuing to fight flames at Myakka State Forest, fire is 95% contained

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Charlotte County fire (CREDIT: WINK News)

A brush fire that erupted in Charlotte County on Saturday has been 95% contained.

The fire started in the Gulf Cove neighborhood of Charlotte County off of Dubarry Avenue.

The flames spread to the Myakka State Forest and came close to two homes, destroying two sheds and a boat.

Firefighters worked through the night to help control the 150-acre blaze.

Initially, the fire was contained completely overnight, but flare-ups began burning on Sunday.

On Twitter, Florida Forestry Service – Myakka River said, it was 95% contained.

Credit: Charlotte County Fire and EMS

Firefighters say about 10 acres burned in the area before jumping into the Myakka State Forest in Sarasota County.

“Usually at night the winds die down and humidity goes up. But tonight the winds have stayed really active. It will blow really hard for a couple of minutes and then like now kind of dies down. But they’ve experienced some different winds back over there in the fire,” said Patrick Mahoney, a wildfire mitigation specialist with the Florida Forest Service Myakka River District.

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