Residents in parts of Southwest Florida are under an evacuation order as a result of a raging wildfire. In Florida's Collier County, wildfires burned more than 6,000 acres, and are only about 30 percent contained.
“All the sudden we started seeing the black smoke coming up and that’s when the sheriff’s department came in and told us to take whatever we had and get out of there,” said one Naples resident.
Florida Highway Patrol shut down part of I-75 between mile marker 80 and mile marker 105 until visibility improves.
Authorities credited high temperatures and low humidity with creating hazardous fire-prone conditions, with strong wind gusts fueling the flames.
According to Wayne Martin, the deputy director of the Greater Naples Fire Department, the fire started up Sunday afternoon.
Florida Forest Service ordered mandatory evacuations for the Naples Club RV Resort, Panther's Walk RV Resort, the entire Forest Glen community, the Aventine at Naples Apartments, and horse stables in and along Newman Drive.
I-75 will remain closed until conditions improve. Drivers should find alternate routes and expect delays near the area of the closure.