Fla. wildfire shuts stretch of coastal I-95

Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:30 a.m.

SCOTTSMOOR, Fla. — A fast-moving wildfire has shut down close to 30 miles of a major interstate on Florida's central Atlantic coast.

Stiff winds are spreading the flames and smoke in a mostly rural stretch of Brevard County. Rain is expected Tuesday and officials hope it will help fight the fire.

The blaze has burned more than 10,000 acres, prompted evacuations and destroyed two hunting camps and some mobile homes.

Brevard County spokeswoman Kimberly Prosser says a state of emergency has been declared in the county.

The section of Interstate 95 was first closed Monday night. Officials also closed U.S. 1.

The fire forced the evacuation of about 20 residences at nearby campgrounds and trailer parks.

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