Smoky Brush Fire Closes Florida’s Turnpike
MIAMI (AP) _ Smoke from a brush fire whipped by 30 mph winds forced the closure of nine miles of Florida’s Turnpike near Miami, officials said Tuesday.
″Visibility is down to zero,″ said Florida Highway Patrol duty officer M. Tedder.
The stretch of the turnpike was closed just after 3 p.m. when smoke from the brush fire forced cars to stop in the middle of the highway, she said.
The smoke caused one minor, rear-end accident in which there were no injuries, Ms. Tedder said.
Metro-Dade firefighters sent 13 units to the blaze, said assistant department spokeswoman Renee Pfeffer, but was still battling to bring it under control.
The fire had caused no injuries or damage to structures in the area, which is covered by brush and trees, Ms. Pfeffer said, adding that she did not know the extent of the fire.