Brush fire closes 10-mile stretch of Florida highway

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Posted: Mar 22, 2011 9:01 AM
Brush fire closes 10-mile stretch of Florida highway

ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) - Interstate 95 on Florida's east coast was closed early Tuesday near Cocoa as firefighters battled a new brush fire, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A combination of fog and smoke hindered visibility and may be to blame for an accident involving several vehicles before dawn.

The interstate closure includes both directions of a 10-mile section extending from State Road 50 to the Beachline Expressway, the highway patrol said.

A separate brush fire in the vicinity earlier this month initially closed almost 30 miles of I-95 from Mims in Brevard County to New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, and disrupted traffic for more than a week.

(Reporting by Barbara Liston; editing by Colleen Jenkins and Greg McCune)