NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A portion of Interstate 75 known as Alligator Alley was reopened Wednesday as firefighters worked to contain a wildfire in southwest Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Florida Forest Service spokeswoman Samantha Quinn says the fire has destroyed two homes in eastern Collier County. No injuries were reported. The wildfire has grown to 7,500 acres and is 40 percent contained.
“I’m scared,” said Thompson Goble, 55, who lives at the Club Naples RV Resort east of Naples. “I don’t know what I’m going to go back to. Where am I going to go if there is nothing left?”
Goble was among a group of evacuees who gathered at the Golden Gate Community Center on Tuesday afternoon.
“Fire’s a little different,” he said.
The weather and windy conditions across much of Florida helped spread the fire, said Collier County Emergency Services Director Dan Summers.
The cause of the fire was unclear.
Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, http://www.naplesnews.com