Heavy smoke from brush fire closes stretch of U.S. 41

The Florida Highway Patrol has closed U.S. 41 in Collier County between San Marco Road (County Road 92) and State Road 29 due to heavy smoke from a brush fire.

U.S. 41 is the southernmost route across the Florida peninsula. Those looking to use that route should use Interstate 75 as an alternative.

With an unusually hot February, and the usual dry weather this time of year, brush fires are starting to pop up around the state.