A section of Interstate 75 known as Alligator Alley reopened Thursday afternoon after four brush fires that eventually merged in
The four brush fires merged and grew into an 8,000-acre (3,237-hectare) fire in southwest Florida on Thursday, according to a tweet from the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. The blaze was about 10% contained.
All day it had been sunny. Then it grew dark as the winds began to whip. Daniel Felder stepped out into the road to watch the acrid smoke billow toward him. Ash started raining from the sky like light snow drifting in twilight.
Firefighters in the Florida Panhandle have been battling wildfires that forced some 1,600 people to evacuate from their homes, and a stretch of Interstate 10 remained closed in both directions Thursday morning due to smoke, authorities said.
Three American firefighters died in a water tanker plane crash Thursday while battling wildfires in Australia, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed.
The American heavy metal band Metallica is donating $100,000 to California wildfire relief efforts.