By Samantha Husted
Due to unruly wildfires and shifting winds, a thick cloud of smoke has once again descended over Marco Island.
The Greater Naples Fire Rescue Department and the Florida Forest Service are currently battling two Collier County wildfires: the Flag Pond Fire and the Greenway Fire. There are seven other fires burning in the county.
The Greenway Fire began on Wednesday. It has currently burned over 1,600 acres in Naples and is 25 percent contained.
Please be advised that the smoke you are experiencing is the result of seven fires burning off island. These major brush fires will impact Marco Island with varying degrees of smoke over the next few days until they are contained. The smoke conditions on the island depend on the wind direction. There are multiple agencies including Marco Island Fire Rescue personnel who are attempting to extinguish and contain these fires. The fortunate part is that there are no brush fires on the island itself. Everything we are experiencing concerning the smoke is resulting from these fires.Please monitor your local television, radio, and social media for updates.
Fire personnel are currently working to cut firebreaks in Winding Cypress and on 6 L’s Farm in Naples. 13 Wildland Firefighters as well as support personal from Northeast Florida are on their way to assist local crews.