Brush fire near Alligator Alley contained, smoke warning still exists

Smoke from the brush fire in the northeast corner of Picayune Strand State Forest drifts over Interstate 75 on Friday afternoon. Cell phone photo by Homer Gaines ©

Cell phone photo by Homer Gaines

Smoke from the brush fire in the northeast corner of Picayune Strand State Forest drifts over Interstate 75 on Friday afternoon. Cell phone photo by Homer Gaines ©

Picayune Strand State Forest

2121 52nd Ave SE, Naples, FL

— The brush fire near Alligator Alley is now contained, according to spokesman Victor Hill, motorists driving down that particular stretch of Interstate 75 are being warned of possible smokey conditions and low visibility.

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As of 7:20 p.m. the fire had grown to 50-acres, but officials said it is now 75 percent contained.

Hill said FHP is monitoring the amount of smoke on the road and would determine if any closing could take place.

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A brush fire in the northeast corner of Picayune Strand State Forest will be causing some smoke for drivers on Alligator Alley of Interstate 75 this afternoon.

“It’s 40-acres and is 30 percent contained,” said Victor Hill, a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist with the Caloosahatchee Forestry Center.

Multiple units are on scene at the fire, caused by a lightning strike yesterday, is 2.5 miles east Francis Street and half a-mile south of I-75.

FHP was also notified.

“We are being aggressive with it,” Hill said.

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