FELLSMERE, Fla. (WSVN) – A brushfire in Indian River County has led to traffic delays on Interstate 95 and a voluntary evacuation order for area residents.
Friday afternoon, the Florida Forest Service said the fire has quickly grown to more than 1,600 acres.
“It’s one of the biggest fires, if not the biggest, for this county, and this is something that is not to be taken lightly,” said Miguel Nevarez with the Florida Forest Service.
Traffic cameras along I-95, just north of County Road 512, captured thick gray smoke at noon.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers shut down the northbound lanes of I-95 near Fellsmere, just north of Vero Beach, for most of the day due to the fire.
“This traffic is crazy. I’m ready to get the hell out of here,” said a driver.
A BRUSH FIRE WARNING is in effect from 8 A.M. this morning through 2 A.M. Saturday for Interior Miami-Dade. A BRUSH FIRE WATCH goes into effect from 2 A.M. Saturday through 8 P.M Saturday for the same area. Avoid outdoor burning during this time. #7weather pic.twitter.com/Rj7cMpkdSj
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