All lanes of I-75 reopened after large brush fire

RUSKIN, Fla. - A quick-moving brush fire that started in Ruskin Saturday and scorched a mobile home, several cars, a trailer and shut down traffic on I-75 flared up again on Sunday.

Hillsborough County Fire Department officials say firefighters were able to put out the brush fire Saturday but it started up again Sunday. Two brush trucks and a tanker were called in to put the fire out.

No word yet on whether anything is threatened or how big this fire is.

Saturday, the brush fire grew from five acres to 30, rapidly becoming out of control.

Dry conditions and wind contributed to the rapid growth of the fire.

The Manatee Fire Department assisted Hillsborough Fire Rescue and the Department of Forestry who battled the blaze near Interstate 75. The fire burned on the shoulder of I-75 south of exit 240 near Sun City Center.

Heavy smoke shut down I-75 northbound causing traffic to be diverted at the intersection of I-75 and I-275.

Crews report that the fire did jump into the median of I-75, but it was quickly detained and extinguished.

Ronnie Rivera with HCFR reported that an empty mobile home was destroyed by the flames near 27th Street southeast and 21st Avenue southeast.


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