Photo/Story Gallery 2006

FHP Fighting Fires on the Highway

Emergency personnel attend to fires on the turnpike Emergency personnel attend to fires on the Interstate Road Rangers personnel attend to fires on the Interstate

Recent wild fires in South and Central Florida required the Florida Highway Patrol to take some precautionary actions. Several main highways were closed for several hours, including a 10 mile stretch of the Florida Turnpike, to prevent drivers from causing a significant hazard trying to drive through the thick smoke that reduced visibility.

Portions of some of the Interstates and major highways were shut down daily due to smoke from the fires and heavy fog, which created zero visibility at those times. The road closure also provided a safe area for firefighters to approach the fire without the concerns of being struck by an errant driver. Please call 911 if you see an unattended fire along the roadway.