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Update: I-75 Southbound Ramp to U.S. 301 Shut Down by Brush Fire

The blaze, at 4810 Foxye Lane, directly west of I-75 at U.S. 301, is still burning, officials said.

Updated, 5:02 p.m.:

The Interstate 75 southbound ramp to U.S. 301 in Riverview remains closed as a brush fire that destroyed two mobile homes continues to burn, officials said.

I-75 from Gibsonton to Highway 60 has reopened, but the Florida Highway Patrol is continuing to control traffic in and around the immediate area of the fire, which is mostly contained, as smoke conditions change. The blaze was reported at 4810 Foxye Lane, directly west of I-75 at U.S. 301, and reportedly covered about five acres.

Residents in the area with asthma, bronchitis and other lung or heart
conditions should exercise caution, the Hillsborough County Office of Emergency Management said in a media release.

TECO has a crew on-scene assessing the power lines damaged by the fire, the release stated.

The National Weather Service Office in Ruskin is expecting fog to develop overnight Wednesday, which could combine with the smoke to create visibilities near zero or even the development of a "super-fog," officials said. The weather service will issue dense fog and smoke advisories as needed.

Updated, 3:08 p.m.:

Firefighters are still battling to contain a fire that destroyed two Riverview mobile homes and has shut down a portion of Interstate 75 southbound, officials said.

The fire, at 4810 Foxye Lane, directly west of I-75 at U.S. 301, is "approximately 75 percent contained," according to a release from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. No injuries have been reported.

The Florida Highway Patrol continues to control traffic movement in and around the immediate area as smoke conditions change, the release stated.

A total of 20 units and 45 firefighters were called to control the blaze, which started as a brush fire and has covered less than five acres. Some large electrical power lines have also been damaged, officials said.

The investigation into the cause of the fire will not begin until the fire is completely out.

Earlier:

Firefighters are on the scene at a reported brush fire that has spread to two mobile homes in Riverview, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue reports.

TBO.com is reporting that officials have shut down southbound Interstate 75 at State Road 60 in Riverview. The entrance to I-75 from the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway has also been closed, according to TBO.com.

The fire is directly west of Interstate 75 at U.S. 301.

There are 15 units and 35 firefighters on scene at 4810 Foxye Lane, where the two mobile homes are "heavily involved" in the large brush fire, according to a media release. Representatives from the Division of Forestry are also on hand.

Stay tuned to Patch for more updates on this story.

Jerry Burk February 15, 2012 at 08:04 PM
A poorly planed controled burn.
Jery Elliott February 15, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I also thought it was a controlled burn, but the County is very good about giving a heads-up to residents and they typically don't set them so close to structures. Given the dry weather of late this could have been started by a cigarette butt.

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