Brush Fires Contained With No Property Damage

By  //  November 13, 2013

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SOUTHBOUND LANES ARE NOW OPEN

Brush fire spreads to homes in Palm Bay. Photo courtesy of Palm Bay Police.

Brush fire spreads to homes in Palm Bay. (Photo courtesy of Palm Bay Police)

UPDATE: 9:05 p.m.

Authorities report that the brush fires that were sparked by a vehicle fire early this afternoon has been contained, and all lane of I-95 are open and running smoothly.

UPDATE: 6:05 p.m.

A van fire on Interstate 95 at Mile Marker 171 about 1:45 p.m. today sparked a brush fire that crews are continuing to fight this evening.

Country Beginnings Daycare on Babcock was evacuated and crews were cutting lines in the woods as the fire moved through a wooded spread east of Babcock and north of Elfin toward homes.

Agencies responding to assist Palm Bay Fire Rescue included Brevard County Fire Rescue, Palm Bay Fire Rescue, Melbourne Fire Department, Indian River County Fire Rescue and Malabar Fire Department. Once the 50-acre fire was 75 percent was contained, command started releasing mutual aid units at about 5 p.m.

Tractors cut lines in the woods to stop the spread as the windy weather is forecast to remain, with a wind advisory in effect until 7 p.m. Winds will be NNE 26-35 mph decreasing to 23 mph later tonight. Tomorrow, winds are forecast to be 14-20 mph.

Crews will be maintaining a watch on the fire all night, but if anyone sees flames, call 911.

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m 

Babcock St. South of Foundation Park will be closed as crews fight brush fire in south

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – The southbound lanes of I-95 are shut down at Malabar Road due to a fast moving brush fire ignited by a vehicle fire, according to Yvonne Martinez, Public Information Coordinator of the City of Palm Bay.

The blaze is now threatening residential property and authorities have called out the Blaze Strike Team.

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes via US 1.

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