|Published:||Jul 09, 2012 12:19 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 09, 2012 5:00 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Southwest Florida is still seeing the effects of this weekend's brush fires in Estero. The blaze is contained, but smoke is causing visibility issues on I-75. There have also been reports of people smelling smoke in other parts of Lee County.
The command center for the 40-acre blaze is near mile marker 123, just south of the Corkscrew Road on the interstate. Crews are mopping up the scene today. The smoke is ebbing and flowing as the wind picks up and dies down. Cars are moving along at normal pace, but Monday morning, FDOT cameras showed the smoke slowing commuters down.
This fire was reportedly started by several lightning strikes. It caused shutdowns Sunday night on I-75. Everything is back up and running, but Florida Forest Service warns we could have some visibility issues over the next few days. There are signs warning drivers of the smoke and FHP troopers are also keeping an on eye the area.
Florida Forest Service says though the smoke is looking lighter now, that could change with the weather. Drivers are advised to use caution heading through this area.
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