BARTOW, Fla. - Due to heavy smoke from a brush fire, County Road 555 was shut down in both directions for a short time, from Clower Street in Bartow to south of County Road 640.
The road was reopened around 6:00 p.m.
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Wildlife officials say 20 whales believed to be part of a pod found stranded in the Everglades this week were spotted Friday afternoon moving closer toward shore, a sign they may be reversing their earlier, positive course.