Saturday, April 25, 2009
Port LaBelle Fire Spreads Fast
Collingswood Parkway Fire Spreads Westward
LABELLE, FL. -- A brush fire that started in a vacant lot east of Port LaBelle's Collingswood Parkway and Eucalyptus Circle spread quickly towards the west as high winds fanned the fire near homes in the south section of Port LaBelle Saturday about 4 p.m.
Units were working the fire from the LaBelle Fire Department, Pioneer, Lehigh Acres, Palmdale in Glades County, Department of Forestry, and an DOF aviation helicopter unit from Okeechobee county, dumping 42 buckets of water by the end of the day on the quick spreading brush fires resulting from a stiff easterly wind.
At one point the fire surrounded a house in the area. EMS units from Hendry County worked to keep motorists out of the area. The electric power has been cut in the area.
At 5:50 p.m. the LaBelle Civic Center was opened for evacuees from the Port LaBelle area as fire fighters continued to try to contain the fires.