Brush Fire Burns Near Tampa, Closes Part of I-75

Southbound lanes of I-75 reopen after brush fire

Saturday, Mar 30, 2013  |  Updated 5:41 PM EDT
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Firefighters Battle Brush Fire in Southwest Miami-Dade

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Crews Battle Brush Fire in Southwest Miami-Dade

A fire that burned 20 acres in Southwest Miami-Dade on Sunday afternoon was still being extinguished by firefighters on Sunday afternoon, according to the state Division of Forestry.

Firefighters Battle Brush Fire in Southwest Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to a grass fire in southwest Miami-Dade Sunday afternoon, officials said. The fire was reported in the area of Southwest 147th Avenue and 215th Street.
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Fire officials in Hillsborough County say dry and windy conditions were high when a brush fire spread from five acres to nearly 50 acres, shutting down a major interstate in the area for hours.
 

A fire rescue statement says Saturday's fire spread very quickly and threatened nearby homes and properties in Ruskin. A mobile home, carnival trailer and some cars were damaged by the fire. No injuries have been reported.  
Authorities say the fire is contained but not full under control. Rescue crews are hitting all the hot spots to prevent the fire from spreading.
 
Meanwhile, the northbound lanes of Interestate 75 remained closed as of 5 p.m. Saturday due to the fire. Southbound lanes opened earlier in the day.

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