Florida Wildfire Forces Evacuations and Destroys Two Homes

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March 15, 1999
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A forest fire in Collier County, Fla., burned more than 2,100 acres, destroyed two mobile homes and forced 300 people to evacuate yesterday. Local officials have already let the evacuees return to their homes. The fire destroyed other structures and several vehicles.

No fatalities were reported, but two fire fighters were injured, one suffered smoke inhalation and the other was burned. Ten fire units from Lee County assisted Collier County fire fighters in battling the blaze. As of last night the fire was approximately 75 percent contained.

For three hours, portions of I-75 were closed without any reports of transportation problems. One shelter was open to house evacuees, which closed as soon as people were allowed to return home.

FEMA's regional office in Atlanta (Region IV) is monitoring the situation and remains in contact with Florida state emergency management officials.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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