Brush fire causing smoky conditions in SW Florida

NAPLES, Fl, (AP)- The Florida Highway Patrol urges motorists to use caution due to smoke from a brush fire burning near Alligator Alley, which connects the state's southwest coast to South Florida.

Officials say the highway was briefly shut down Thursday morning when fire crossed a fence and posed a threat to motorists traveling on a portion of Interstate 75, also known as Alligator Alley. It reopened after firefighters pushed back the fire.

Lightning strikes started two fires several weeks ago in Collier County.

Officials with the Caloosahatchee Forestry Center say a 30-acre fire on the south side of I-75 has been contained. A 1,000-acre fire in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge is about 30 percent contained.

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