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Unusually high fire activity in Caloosahatchee field unit of Florida
4/19/2017 6:34:47 PM

Collier County, FL
Hendry County, FL
Lee County, FL

Start Date: 1/1/2017 - End Date: 4/12/2017
Wildland firefighters with Florida Forest Service’s Caloosahatchee field unit fought 83 brush fires in Collier, Lee and Hendry counties from the start of 2017 through April 12 and were nearing the 126 fires battled in the three counties in all of 2016. The 83 fires in 2017 burned more than 8,000 acres in areas defended by state firefighters, the most since 2011 when 14,998 acres burned, according to data from the Florida Forestry Service. Fort Myers News-Press (Fla.), April 14, 2017