A smoke investigation leads to a brush fire discovery in Lee County on Sunday.
Vicki Moreland, Chief Communications & Marketing Officer for Lee County Port Authority says the smoke investigation started at Daniels Pkwy. and Paul J Doherty Pkwy.
Ryan Mason is the Forest Area Supervisor at Florida Forest Service, and he explains how the fire may have started. “We were able to do some looking and heal on the fire and determine that there was a tree struck by lightning.
Then, going into more detail Mason says, “The lightning strike may have not been today it may have been something that, you know, smolder for a couple of days before it actually hit receptive fuels to you know, ignite the fire.”
Moreland said mutual aid with San Carlos, Bonita, South Trail, Forestry, Estero Fire, and our teams. Roadways not impacted.
The fire is reportedly 18 acres and contained at 100%. Although, this does not mean the fire is out. Firefighters will return in the morning to mop up the area.
The situation is still developing.