I-75 Closures And Re-openings In Pasco And Sarasota

Interstate 75 has had a busy weekend. Part of the major interstate was closed in Sarasota County over the weekend due to a 3,500-acre wildfire but has since reopened.

The fire broke out in North Port on Saturday and according to the Florida Forest Service, it is only 35 percent contained. Officials still aren’t certain what caused the fire, but it started in the area of Yorkshire Street and Raintree Loop before jumping over I-75.

Crews have been battling the flames all weekend and say it is now moving north. The fire is fast-moving and wind-driven making it something officials haven’t seen in decades.

Smoky conditions are expected for several weeks due to the large flames.

Photo: Florida Highway Patrol

In Pasco County, I-75 is currently closed due to an overturned log truck. The tractor-trailer was traveling northbound in the outside lane when the load shifted causing the driver to lose control.

It happened just south of State Road 52 in San Antonio. The trailer overturned onto its left side before smacking into the concrete barrier that separates the northbound and southbound traffic.

The truck and trailer came to a stop facing west on the inside lane and shoulder of the interstate. All northbound lanes are closed and drivers are urged to find alternate routes and expect major delays.