USA: 500 evacuated as Florida wildfires burn near interstate highway

About 500 residents were forced to evacuate and parts of interstate 75 between Naples and Fort Lauderdale, in Florida, were shut down on Thursday as firefighters battled a massive blaze encroaching on the highway. A helicopter can be seen putting out the fire, as large plumes of smoke and enormous flames can be seen bordering the road, in footage shot from a car on Wednesday. The area forced to... Еще be shut down is known as Alligator Alley as it cuts through the swamps of the Everglades. Fires broke out in four Florida counties: Collier, Lee, Hendry and Charlotte. The fires in Collier County expanded to around 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) by Wednesday night.

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