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A portion of Interstate 95 has been shut down due to a raging 25-acre wildfire in the area of Beville Road and South Williamson Boulevard, according to the Florida Forest Service.
The fire “jumped the interstate,” so units are battling the blaze along the east and west portions of I-95, according to scanner reports.
Emergency responders got the call around 2 p.m. and less than 90 minutes later, the state announced the shutdown of I-95.
Lt. Kim Montes, a spokeswoman with Florida Highway Patrol, confirmed that troopers have shut down I-95 from mile markers 257 to 261 in both directions due to “poor visibility.”
Fire units had the fire 40 percent contained by 4 p.m., according to the Florida Forest Service.
Across the state, Florida’s dry season has started and drought conditions have been gradually creeping up.
As of Friday morning, there were 25 active wildfires burning over 32,777 acres in Florida, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services stated Friday. Since the beginning of the year, some 1,142 wildfires have burned 68,653 acres.
“Historically, spring is the most active time for Florida’s year-round wildfire season due to typical weather patterns and residents burning yard waste from the accumulation of winter debris,” Florida Forest Service Director Jim Karels said in a news release Friday.
Next week is the Forest Service’s annual Wildfire Awareness Week. Karels said that’s “a great time for residents and visitors to learn their role in preventing wildfires.”
On Wednesday, portions of Bill France Boulevard and Mason Avenue had to be closed due to a brush fire. Heavy smoke continued to hover in that area a day or two after the fire was put out, according to the Daytona Beach Fire Department.