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Wildfires shut stretch of Interstate 75 in southwest Florida

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Posted at 4:26 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 05:28:01-04

NAPLES, Fla. — Officials say four brush fires burning a total of about 400 acres have shut down a section of Interstate 75 in southwest Florida.

The Florida Forestry Service says one of the fires threatened about 30 homes in an area of Collier County on Wednesday.

The Florida Highway Patrol says a toll section of I-75 known as Alligator Alley was shut down for about 20 miles.

The Naples Daily News reports that the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were coordinating voluntary evacuations in areas near the fires.