Brush Fire Shut Down I-75 Near Tampa

A brush fire near Tampa (FL) prompted authorities Saturday afternoon to shut down Interstate 75 in both directions, reports CNN. 

The fire was centered in Ruskin, about 20 miles south of Tampa near Florida’s Gulf coast. 

First reported as extending five acres, the fire eventually grew to 50 acres, said a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesman.

By 3:15 p.m., the fire was contained — although, by then, a mobile home was destroyed and several vehicles had burned. Conditions had improved enough to allow for I-75 traffic to resume moving northbound; southbound traffic was still stopped because of poor visibility.

The National Weather Service had issued a hazardous weather outlook for the area, warning that “dry fuels and low relative humidity will result in favorable conditions for the spread of wild fires.”

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