Possible brushfire smoke could cause problems for drivers on I-75

5:59 AM, Feb 16, 2012   |    comments
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Progress Village brush fire

RIVERVIEW, Fla. -- Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol are keeping a close eye on expected fog from a brushfire, which could create problems for drivers.

Traffic signs warning of smoke and fog can be seen posted along I-75 and Hwy 301.

As of 6am, things appear to be clear in the area with only the smell of smoke lingering.

10 News Meteorologist Bobby Deskins says we could see patchy fog build throughout the early morning hours, so use caution on your morning drive to work. 

The brush fire scorched about 20 acres Wednesday near Hwy. 301 and I-75 and created heavy smoke in the area throughout the afternoon. Dozens of firefighters battled the blaze, which also forced some people who live nearby temporarily out of their homes. FHP did close a stretch of I-75 South from Gibsonton to Hwy. 60 for about an hour. An entrance ramp onto 301 was also closed because of smoke and its proximity to the fire.

Everything has since re-opened.

Photo Gallery: Progress Village brush fire

According to the National Weather Service in Ruskin, with expected fog most dense just before and around sunrise and any lingering smoke, it could create visibilities near zero. Also with wind, it could make it very favorable for development of a "super fog."

FHP will be keeping a close eye on the situation and advisories will be posted as needed.

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