North Port wildfire grows to 3,500 acres

Patrick Mahoney/Florida Forestry Service

NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) — A brush fire that broke out on Saturday in North Port has grown to an estimated 3,500 acres, according to the Florida Forest Service.

A brush fire that broke out on Saturday in North Port has grown to an estimated 3,200 acres, according to the Florida Forest Service.

Patrick Mahoney/Florida Forestry Service

The fire is only 30 percent contained at this time. The Florida Forest Service says crews have been working around the clock to battle the fire.

Flames broke out in the area of Yorkshire Street and Raintree Loop and jumped over I-75. Now the fire is moving north.

Forest officials still don’t know what caused the fire.

No structures are threatened at this time, but I-75 was shut down temporarily.  The interstate was reopened around 11:50 pm on Saturday night.

This fast-moving, wind-driven, fire is something fire officials say they haven’t seen in decades.

They said in a press conference on Saturday that smoky conditions are expected to continue for several weeks.

Those with difficulty breathing have been advised to stay inside and turn on the air conditioning.

STORIES THAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON –

>> MORE TOP STORIES

WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s