Wildfires can occur in Florida, particularly in the winter months when rainfall is lower and brush is dry. Yesterday, I-75 was closed east/south of exit 105 due to heavy fire and smoke. Naples and Collier County saw the heavy smoke. But can wildfires affect electrical power and cause outages? Wildfires can damage or weaken utility structure such as utility poles, transformers, and supporting equipment. While firefighters do their best to prevent such damage, it can still occur if the fire spreads fast enough. Power outages from wildfires are somewhat less common than outages by other causes such as hurricanes and summer thunderstorms.
In the City of Naples, wildfires are less of a concern because there is so much concrete and many landscaped areas which are not as prone to burning. However, in Golden Gate Estates and areas generally along and east of I-75, there is plenty of dry, wooded fuel for any spark. If you live in Golden Gate Estates, Estero, Bonita Springs, or any areas south of Alico Road and east of US 41, you should have a fire evacuation plan. Power outages from a worst-case wildfire could range from 1 to 2 weeks depending on your location.
Part of living in Southwest Florida no matter what your location is having an emergency generator for power outages. If you’ve just moved to the area, you can contact Tropical Generator at 239-206-4509 for a free conversation with a generator expert about what kind of generator your might need and what it will cost to be protected.