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I-95 reopens in Volusia after 37-acre brush fire causes closure, FHP says

Poor visibility shuts down interstate in Volusia County

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A 37-acre brush fire burning near Interstate 95 on Friday prompted officials to shut down the interstate overnight amid visibility concerns, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

I-95 was blocked off in both directions between mile markers 255 and 260, FHP Lt. Kim Montes said.

The northbound side of the interstate was been shut down at State Road 421 and the southbound side was closed at Interstate 4, Montes said.

The overnight closure was due to unstable conditions and current variations in visibility. Troopers continued to monitor the Volusia County blaze.

Earlier in the day, it was the Florida Forestry Service that asked the FHP to close the interstate.

Drivers were asked to avoid the area.

The Beville Road Fire was first reported about 2:30 p.m. Friday. It was initially said to be 4 acres. Then it grew to 15 acres by 3:15 p.m., and 30 acres with 70 percent containment by 4:30 p.m.

Just before 10 p.m., in another update, officials said the fire was 37 acres and 95 percent contained.

Fire officials said no structures are in danger. The cause of the fire is unknown.

The interstate reopened in both directions Saturday around 8:30 a.m., Montes said. The 37-acre fire was 90 percent contained at the time of the reopening.

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Check back for more updates on this developing story.


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