Wildfire Shuts Down I-95 for Second Time

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Florida wildfire has shut down a stretch of interstate highway for the second time this week on the state's central Atlantic coast.

Interstate 95 was closed in both directions for a little over 20 miles as smoke covered the highway. The fire that started Monday has burned 16,000 acres, or about 25 square miles.

So far, it has destroyed a mobile home and two hunting camps. I-95 was first closed late Monday and reopened Tuesday morning.

The blaze is about 25 miles north of the Kennedy Space Center, and across the Intracoastal Waterway from Cape Canaveral. NASA has said operations there are not affected.

Officials say the fire was 25 percent contained as of early Wednesday after some rain. A broad swath of central and South Florida has seen its driest few months in nearly 80 years.

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