LABELLE, FLORIDA -- As southwest Florida remains rainless and extemely dry,
residents have been cautioned to be mindful of the dangers of brush fires.
In southern Port LaBelle Tuesday afternoon a large brush fire erupted near
Eucalyptus and Hummingbird, allegedly after a motorist hauling a trailer
with a flat tire caused sparks to jump from the roadway to the dry grass
along the road. The driver was pulling the trailer as its metal rims dragged
the pavement. Deputies followed the scrapes in the road to find the
At about 8 p.m. fire fighters were alerted of another brush fire in the
woods next to the Mira Verde Apartments in eastern Port LaBelle. The brush
fire was under control within an hour.