ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Interstate 275 and Gandy Boulevard are open to traffic in all directions after Friday's brush fire caused a traffic nightmare.
St. Petersburg Police announced around 3:27 a.m. that the last road closures at Gandy Blvd. were opened. I-275 was opened around 10 p.m.
Gandy Blvd is back open to traffic after being closed due to the fire yesterday. Lt1/tlh— St. Pete Police (@StPetePD) April 8, 2017
Firefighters from St. Pete Fire Rescue monitored hotspots throughout the night and have since turned the operation over to the Division of Forestry Saturday morning.
The brush fire initiated a voluntary evacuation of a nearby mobile home park and cut the power to thousands.
The Village Green Mobile Home Park was inundated with heavy smoke and flying embers. Police conducted a door-to-door search to alert residents of the senior community.
Dry conditions and winds contributed to the rapid spread of the fire, which was traced back to a commercial lawn mower, SPPD said.
An @StPeteFR firefighter who suffered from heat exhaustion is ok and being released from the hospital— St. Pete Police (@StPetePD) April 8, 2017
31 police and firefighter units worked for hours to contain the fire. The Division of Forestry used a backburning strategy to mitigate the spread of the fire.
Division of Forestry put the technique of 'backburning' to use today in controlling the brush fire that closed I-275. Here's how it works. pic.twitter.com/v0jMdr0zzc— Grant Gilmore (@grant_gilmore) April 8, 2017
One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion and has been released from the hospital.
There were no other reported injuries and no structures were affected by the fire.
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