Large brush fire shuts down I-85 in Gastonia Saturday

- A large brush fire shut down I-85 southbound in Gastonia Saturday afternoon.

Gastonia Police sent out a tweet on Twitter at 4:47 pm that said I-85 southbound was shut down near US Hwy 321 exit 17 due to a brush fire.  Gastonia Fire Department fought the fire, which was over 1/4 of a mile in length, with assistance from other nearby fire departments.

Traffic was backed up for several miles causing heavy delays. It took authorities close to an hour to get the fire under control. The interstate was reopened around 5:40pm.

A video of the fire was submitted by a FOX 46 viewer and is on our Facebook page at FOX 46 Charlotte.

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