UPDATE: All Lanes Open on I-95 From Eau Gallie to Pineda, 20-Acre Brush Fire Contained

By  //  April 7, 2018

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lightning may have been the cause for blaze

According to Brevard County Fire Rescue District Chief Tom Neidert, I-95 is once again open in both directions, as firefighters from multiple areas continue to battle a brush fire that quickly spread to 30 acres on Saturday afternoon.

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.