I-75 reopens in Collier County as brush fire continues to burn

Fire 50 percent contained, authorities say


COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Interstate 75 reopened Thursday morning in Collier County as firefighters continued to work to extinguish a massive brush fire that has scorched 7,500 acres.

The Florida Forest Service said the fire is 50 percent contained.

Officials said winds have continued to die down and firefighters worked through the night to minimize smoke on the road.

Evacuations have been lifted for Forest Glen, Club Naples RV Park, Panther Walk RV Park and horse stables in the Picayune Strand State Forest, including Triple V and M&H Stables.

As people head back to their homes, forestry officials warned residents to use caution because some hazards might still exist, including hot spots, which can flare up without warning.

Residents are asked to avoid fallen power poles, power lines or downed wires and report electrical damage to authorities.

Ash pits should also be marked and avoided because people can be seriously burned if they fall into one.


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