NAPLES, Fla. – This evening, Governor Rick Scott received a briefing at the Collier County Emergency Operations Center from local fire officials, law enforcement, the Florida Forestry Service and local emergency management officials on the ongoing wildfires in Collier, Lee and Polk Counties.

Governor Scott said, “This afternoon I toured Lehigh Acres and spoke firsthand with families whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by these ongoing wildfires. I also spoke with some of the many heroic firefighters and first responders who are on the ground risking their lives to keep our state safe. We are continuing to work closely with our federal, state and local partners, and firefighters, first responders, and law enforcement officials from all across Florida are continuing to redirect individuals and resources to help Southwest Florida wildfire response.

“At this time, there are no unmet needs from Collier, Lee or Polk Counties but the state continues to stand ready to provide any helpful resources. While some evacuation orders are being lifted, it is important to continue to pay close attention to local media and law enforcement updates. Do not put the lives of your families or first responders at risk by ignoring evacuation orders or returning before evacuation orders are lifted. While we are hopeful that the weather may provide some relief, firefighters will continue to work throughout the night. I ask that we all keep these brave men and women in our prayers as we continue to monitor these fires and take every action to protect our families and communities.”

UPDATE ON ONGOING WILDFIRES ACROSS THE STATE:

  • COLLIER COUNTY:
  • There is a 5,500-acre wildfire at 30th Avenue that has destroyed several vehicles and nine homes. It is 20% contained.
  • Mandatory evacuations are in effect for more than 6,000 structures and a shelter is open at North Collier Regional Park.
  • POLK COUNTY:
  • There is a 600-acre wildfire in Red Grange that has destroyed one business. It is 60% contained.
  • Mandatory evacuations have been rescinded but continue to watch for any updates from local officials.
  • LEE COUNTY:
  • There is a 400-acre wildfire at Ann Ave that has damaged or destroyed 13 homes. It is 95% contained.
  • Mandatory evacuations have been rescinded but continue to watch for any updates from local officials.
  • INSURANCE INFORMATION:
  • It is important for individuals with damaged homes or property to begin with documenting all damaged property and belongings. A free smartphone app developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners called “MyHome Scr.APP.book” is available to assist with photo documentation.
  • For help finding your Florida’s property insurance company’s website and contact information, click HERE. For a list of licensed insurance agents in Florida, click HERE. Additional consumer resources are available HERE.
  • To contact the Office of Insurance Regulation with reports of fraud or suspicious activity, call the Department of Financial Services, Division of Consumer Services Insurance Consumer Helpline at 1-877-693-5236.
  • IMPORTANT WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:
  • For updates on current evacuation orders and available shelters:

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