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Eleven wildfires have been suppressed on the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County, burning more than 520 acres since Wednesday.  

Firefighters continue to battle an 80-acre wildfire off Becker Road and Palma Street in Port St. Lucie, according to the Florida Forest Service.

The fire, which was caused by a Tuesday thunderstorm, was 70 percent contained Thursday morning. Dry and windy conditions helped the fire grow. 

The agency tweeted earlier that 10 homes were evacuated in the Harbor Ridge community in Port St. Lucie.

Interstate 95 was back open in both directions at mile marker 151 at 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

However, drivers should watch out for smoke along I-95 between Fellsmere and Vero Beach during their morning drive.

"We’re not even out of March yet and it’s already starting. Usually this is generally closer to April, towards June, so it’s a little bit drier than it has been for us," said St. Lucie County Fire District Chief Nate Spera.

Approximately 20 homes were briefly evacuated Wednesday, but residents have been allowed to return.

As of Thursday morning, Becker Road was only open to local traffic in this area.

Wildfire In Indian River County

Crews battled a brush fire in Indian River County west of I-95 and north of State Road 60. That fire is currently 50 percent contained and has burned roughly 80 acres so far, officials said.

The Fellsmere Police Department reports that Interstate 95 has been shut down at mile marker 153 due to heavy smoke and low visibility. Northbound traffic is exiting at State Road 60 and southbound traffic is exiting at County Road 512. 

The 130-acre wildfire in Indian River County is 0% contained. The 40-acre wildfire is 100 percent contained. Both wind-driven fires were caused by lightning, officials said. 

Residents in the Fellsmere area can expect heavy bypass traffic through town until further notice.

The Forest Service says new wildfires keep popping up because winds are drying out the moisture from this week's rain.

According to the Forest Service, smoke will be an issue into the morning due to the piles of debris on fire. 

MCSO Air 1 captured the video below as they assisted SLC by monitoring the fire from the air.

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