Brush fire contained, all interstate lanes open in North Port

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NORTH PORT - A 12-acre brush fire in eastern North Port has been contained, shortly after it reached the edge of Interstate 75, forcing the closure of one lane between Toledo Blade Boulevard and Kings Highway exits.

North Port Fire Rescue responded at about 5:30 p.m. to two brush fires in eastern North Port. One of the fires, a two acre spread, was put out. However, the other fire had spread to about 12 acres and reached the edge of the Interstate.

That larger fire has since been contained, and the one lane of traffic on I-75 that had been closed is now open.

North Port Fire Department was joined by fire agencies from Charlotte County, Florida Forest Service, Nokomis, Punta Gorda, and Sarasota County.  Units will remain at the scene overnight to ensure any remaining hot spots are contained.

No homes were in danger due to the fire.

On Monday of this week, a Red Flag Warning was issued for Charlotte and Sarasota Counties by the Tampa Bay area National Weather service in Ruskin, Florida. The red flag warning is issued when conditions are very favorable for the spread of wildfire.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to exercise caution when it comes to the fire risk in the region. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning in the City of North Port is prohibited. Do not throw lighted tobacco products from vehicles. Call 911 to report illegal burning or wildfires.