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I-95 in Orlando, Fla. Area Reopens

June 7, 1998

PALATKA, Fla. (AP) _ Interstate 95 in the Orlando, Fla., area has been reopened after brush fires forced a nine-hour closure.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the fires seem to be under control, but signs will be posted warning that smoke could still pose a problem.

The busy highway was closed for a 30-mile stretch from Saint Johns County to Volusia County overnight. Firefighters are now battling brush fires in five Florida counties.

Liz Compton at the state Agriculture Department says 43 houses have burned _ 23 in Seminole County and 10 each in Saint Johns and Flagler counties.

Earlier reports had as many as 60 buildings burning.

Compton says a couple of firefighters have been injured.

The exact acreage involved isn’t clear, but Compton says authorities are ″pulling out all the stops″ to battle the blazes. Reports overnight said nearly 4,000 acres had burned.

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