A mandatory evacuation notice by Collier County has been lifted, according to reports. One house was destroyed due to the fire.
Residents were allowed to return to their homes late Thursday.
Some reports say the fires disrupted bus activity at some schools, causing students to have to be picked up by their parents.
A mandatory evacuation notice has been announced for several homes in Golden Gate Estates due to the growing wildfire threat that is currently burning more than 400 acres.
The boundaries of the affected area are Frangipani Avenue south from Tobias Street east to Frangipani Avenue. Frangipani Avenue runs east and west and then turns south.
The unified command of fire and safety officials is recommending a voluntary evacuation for residents living along 16th Avenue Southwest between 9th Street Southwest and 23rd Street Southwest, including Inez Road, Keane Avenue, Smith Road and Hancock Hammock Road.
A reception center will open at the Max Hasse Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Blvd. W., Naples, Florida 34120, with services for the evacuees. This is not an overnight shelter.
The Bureau of Emergency Services is asking residents who live in the area to monitor conditions and local and social media for a possible changes, including the lifting of the evacuation.
In order to respond to questions about the wildfire threat in eastern Collier County, the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services announced the opening of the Emergency Hotline yesterday evening. The Collier Emergency Hotline numbers are (239) 252-8444 or 311 (Collier County only) and will be open until further notice.
A fire started earlier, just north of I-75 near Everglades Boulevard in the area of Picayune Strand State Forest.
Currently engulfing approximately 15 to 20 acres, evacuations of nearby homes are beginning at this time.
The Immokalee Fire Department and Greater Naples Fire Department are on scene and claim that fire conditions are heavy. The Greater Naples FD indicate that multiple structures are at risk.
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