UPDATE: All Lanes Open on I-95 From Eau Gallie to Pineda, 20-Acre Brush Fire Contained
By Space Coast Daily // April 7, 2018
lightning may have been the cause for blaze
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA– According to Brevard County Fire Rescue District Chief Tom Neidert, all lanes are re-open on I-95 after Brevard County Sheriff’s office had closed them in both directions for about two hours due to a brush fire that grew quickly between Eau Gallie Blvd, Exit 183 and the Pineda Causeway, Exit 191.
According to Neidert, Melbourne Fire Department, Brevard County Fire Rescue, Palm Bay Fire Rescue, and Special Brush Fire Trucks responded to battle the blaze that may have started following a lightning strike earlier this afternoon
“A garage was lost in the fire and the wind played havoc,” said Neidert.
The forecast calls for rain and thunderstorms for tonight which should help with the dry conditions.
As of 8:00 p.m. the blaze was down to 30 acres and contained according to Neidert.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service are stressing the importance of fire safety during Wildfire Awareness Week, which officially gets underway tomorrow and runs through April 14, 2018.
Florida experienced some of the worst wildfires in the state’s history in 1998 as nearly 500,000 acres were torched.
Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for updates.
The fire in the South County is in City of Melbourne’s jurisdiction. BCFR is assisting with multiple resources right now. For information on the size, the Fl Forest Service will be the best source. pic.twitter.com/R26KvA5pjt
— BCFRpio (@BCFRpio) April 7, 2018
Fire in Melbourne is now #JonesRdFire. 45 acres, 50% contained. 4 dozers working. BCFR helo dropping water. Updates to follow. #FLFire @BCFRpio @BrevardEOC
— FFS_Orlando (@FFS_ORLANDO) April 7, 2018
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