Brush fire shuts down highway in Brevard

By Lisa McDonald, Assignment Editor, lmcdonald@wkmg.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:51:09 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 13 2013 11:06:13 AM EST

U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials are making sure a brush fire that quickly grew out of control in the Port St. John wildlife area doesn't spread.

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. -

Brush Fire U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials are making sure a brush fire that quickly grew out of control in the Port St. John wildlife area doesn't spread.

Saturday night the fire was 65-percent contained, meaning it shouldn't spread, but there is still a small chance it might.

Firefighters said the fire started in the woods on a wildlife refuge just east of State Road 407 near its intersection with I-95. The area is not near any homes and fire officials don't expect it to grow.

Earlier Saturday the fire quickly grew to about 1000 acres and continued north, firefighters said.

State Road 407 has been closed because of the fire, but the road re-opened Sunday morning officials said. Brevard County Fire Rescue officials said they're worried the smoke could mix with fog and make driving a hazard.

Drivers on the Beachline should also be aware smoke may decrease visibility.

Brevard County firefighters and Division of Forestry helped contain the fire while Florida Highway Patrol and Brevard County Sheriff's deputies are controlling the traffic.

Drivers headed to Orlando should consider taking I-95 to the 528 in Cocoa, while anyone going toward the Kennedy Space Center should take the 528 to I-95 North.

Brush fire before sunset

--Before sunset

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