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Brush Fire Flare-Up Closes Down Fla. I-95

May 29, 2006

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Winds fanned a 1,000-acre brush fire Monday, forcing authorities to again close parts of Interstate 95.

A five-mile section of southbound I-95 in Brevard County was closed about 4:30 p.m., said Kim Miller, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper. Memorial Day traffic was moving fairly well, despite a 12-mile detour.

The highway had been closed overnight Sunday and reopened early Monday, but the fire got worse, Miller said.

``It’s just kicking up,″ she said.

The fire started Sunday afternoon, probably caused by lightning, said Dennis Neterer, Brevard Fire Rescue assistant chief.

No damage or injuries were reported, but several residents voluntarily evacuated their homes to escape the smoke in the area of east-central Florida.

Sections of I-95 have been closed intermittently over several weeks because of thick smoke mixed with morning fog. The poor visibility has been blamed for dozens of accidents.

More than 2,700 wildfires have charred nearly 104,800 acres in Florida since Jan. 1, according to the state Division of Forestry.

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