ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County fire crews continue to monitor a brush fire that closed I-4 near International Drive on Friday.
The brush fire sent heavy smoke up in the International Drive area and closed both directions of I-4 Friday afternoon.
I-4 was closed in both directions between S.R 192 and S.R 535 while firefighters battled the blaze.
The interstate reopened around 5:30 p.m. Friday.
According to Kim Montes, of the Florida Highway Patrol, drivers coming eastbound on I-4 were forced to exit the interstate at SR 417. Tolls were suspended.
Westbound traffic was forced off of I-4 at SR 528 (the Beachline), tolls on that road were suspended as well, Montes said.
International Drive was closed for a time in the area as well.
Traffic Information: WFTV Traffic Section
Here’s a look at alternate southbound routes:
- When you exit at the Beachline, take it eastbound to southbound John Young Parkway.
- SR-417 southbound will get you back to I-4
If you're trying to make it to Orlando:
- When you exit at SR-417, take northbound John Young Parkway
- Take JYP to westbound SR-528 to get back onto I-4 to downtown Orlando
Firefighters from Orange County, Osceola County and the Division of Forestry battled the blaze in the area of World Center Drive.
Approximately fifteen acres burned, according to a spokesman from the fire service.
According to Orange County Fire Rescue no buildings were in danger.
Forestry officials said high winds in the area made it a difficult fire to fight.