COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Using helicopters loaded with water and dozens of boots on the ground, it took nearly six hours to fight this 200 acre fire along Alligator Alley Tuesday. WINK News is learning several agencies were involved. Officials said it's the peak of fire season and this blaze, along with others in the area all appear to be caused by lightning. A passing storm and rain created heavy smoke which forced troopers to shut down a 20 mile stretch of I-75 Tuesday. Now crews are watching for flare ups very closely. And they're asking drivers to be extra careful, especially on the morning commute.
"basically, just be cautious in the area for smoke. There's definitely potential tonight for smoke in this area along the roadway. FHP will be continually monitoring throughout the evening and into the morning."
Troopers said the best advice is to give yourself extra time on Wednesday. Go slow, always drive with your headlights on and cut down on distractions. Turn off your radio and don't look at your phone.