Alligator Alley reopens amid efforts to put out brush fire

WEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) - Florida Highway Patrol has reopened Interstate 75 after it was shut down due to a brush fire in far Western Broward County, Monday.

According to the FHP, the highway was shut down due to smoke between mile markers 41 and 46.

The “Dragonfly Fire,” as it is called by the Florida Forest Service, has burned about 24,000 acres since it sparked over the weekend.

The Dragonfly Fire is burning about 30 miles west of Weston into eastern Collier County. The fire is about four miles long and five miles wide.

Westbound lanes were closed at U.S. 27 and eastbound lanes were closed at mile marker 80 in Collier County.

The Florida Forest Service and FHP said they will continue to monitor the situation and will shutdown the road again if necessary.

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