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Fire, fog shut down I-75; smoke in SCC

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image The southbound entrance ramp to I-75 was closed at College Avenue in Ruskin on Tuesday morning due to near zero visibility caused by dense fog and smoke. Mitch Traphagen Photo

A portion of I-75 in Southern Hillsborough and Northern Manatee counties was closed early Tuesday morning due to near zero visibility

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN
mitch@observernews.net

RUSKIN — A portion of I-75 in Southern Hillsborough and Northern Manatee counties was closed early Tuesday morning due to near zero visibility caused by dense fog and smoke from a brush fire. The interstate was closed from Exit 240 at College Avenue in Ruskin to Exit 229 at Moccasin Wallow Road in Manatee County.

The fire was caused by a controlled burn that had gone beyond the planned burn area at Little Manatee River State Park.  The fire was not considered a threat to residential areas and was contained by early Tuesday morning but heavy smoke, coupled with fog, lingered over South Hillsborough, particularly in Greater Sun City Center.

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