I-75 re-opens near North Port after brush fire

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla - - UPDATE- I-75 re-opened late Saturday night near North Port after a massive brush fire forced its closure for much of Saturday afternoon and evening.

A 3,500 acres brush fire caused Exit 170 to Exit 179 on I-75 to shut down to due poor visibility from the smoke, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

The fire is 30% contained, Florida Forest Services said.

The brush is in the area of Yorkshire/ Raintree loop on the east end of town. The flames jumped over I-75 and moved north.

Multiple units are assisting including Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, North Port Police Department, North Port Fire and rescue, Florida Highway Patrol and Charlotte County Fire Rescue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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