RUSKIN, Fla. (970 WFLA/ AP) Fire officials in Hillsborough County are blaming dry and windy conditions as to the cause of 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.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's office says the Saturday afternoon fire has burned over fifty acres and several structures and cars as well. Both southbound and northbound lanes of I-75 were closed earlier in the day due to zero visibility.
The Florida Highway Patrol is asking motorists to avoid the Ruskin are if possible. The sheriff's office is assisting the Florida Highway Patrol and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue on the large brush fire.
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