A fire in Lee County was reported near the RSW Airport. It’s not clear what started the fire, but the blaze can be seen from miles away. Here’s what we know so far.
The Fire Is at a Rental Overflow Parking Lot Near the Airport
The fire has destroyed some rental cars parked near the Southwest Florida International Airport, WINK news reported. The fire was at a rental car overflow parking lot on the east side of the Terminal Access Road. The cars were empty, officials said, and the cause of the fire isn’t currently known.
All fire departments in the county are responding, NBC 2 reported. No one is currently in danger, officials said.
The News-Press said on Twitter that you could hear multiple small explosions from the fire. Michael Braun wrote in the tweet below: “Rental cars on fire at RSW, multiple small explosions can be heard as flames consume fuel. Airport police, Lee Sheriff, Fl. Forestry on scene.”
Here’s another photo.
The fire could be seen from far away. In the video below, the person starts out recording the TV and then shows that you can see the fire outside their window.
The blaze forced the closure of Terminal Access Road. People were asked to park at 7-Eleven and walk to a shuttle at long-term parking instead, WINK reported. NBC 2 noted that RSW is taking some people through the employee parking lot by bus to help them not miss their flights.
This was the view from the 7-Eleven parking lot:
This next photo shared on Twitter shows the view of the large fire from 10 miles away.
Here’s another video of the smoke from the fire.
And here’s what people could see as they drove near the Southwest Florida International Airport.
Here is a closeup of the rental cars on fire as officials work to put out the blaze.
And another look at the rental car parking lot itself.
Here’s another photo. The smoke can be seen from far away over the horizon.
Much of Florida is Under a Mix of Moderate or High Fire Warnings Today
Earlier today, NBC 2 issued a fire alert for the region. This is issued when the Fire Danger Forecast is high, very high, or extreme.
The Forest Service’s map shows a mix of High and Moderate warnings for the state today, which you can see below. Yesterday’s forecast had a mix of Very High indices too, but those were downgraded on April 3.
High Fire Danger means: “All fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and camp fires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small.”
Much of the state is under a moderate warning.
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