Firefighters contain blaze that temporarily closed interstate

A fire that started Sunday afternoon near Estero has been contained at 40 acres, a forest service official said.

On Monday, the Florida Forest Service and the Lee County Strike Team were working to “mop up” the fire, which is east of the Corkscrew Road exit on Interstate 75, said Victor Hill, a forest service spokesman.

Smoke from the fire caused the interstate to be closed for about four hours Sunday. Troopers were monitoring the area Monday but did not expect any visibility problems, said Lt. Conner Cardwell with the Florida Highway Patrol.

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