Lightning causes two wildfires in Glades County

Lightning strikes caused two separate wildfires in Southwest Glades County Sunday night, the Florida Forest Service (FFS) reported.

The first fire, named Willow Wildfire, was called in at around 4:08 p.m. on April 12 and burned roughly 20 acres near W Jacks Branch Road and west of Kirby Thompson Road, according to FFS.

The second fire, East Wildfire, was reported around 4:36 p.m. the same day and burned roughly 40 acres between E Dixie Road and E Jacks Branch Road.

Crews from three different counties responded to the fires, including Glades County Public Safety, Hendry County Fire Department, Lee County Emergency Services and Florida Forest Service.

The flames were quickly extinguished and no homes in the area were damaged or destroyed, reported FFS.

FFS and State Wildland Fire Fighters will continue to clean up the area and ensure the wildfires are not rekindled by using control lines and saturating smoldering vegetation and hot spots.

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