Brush fire burns in Brevard County

Brush fire growing, no structures in immediate danger

Published On: Mar 11 2013 02:40:14 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 06 2013 12:31:43 PM EST
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -

Authorities are continuing to watch a brush fire on Wednesday that ignited in Port St. John near Interstate 95 on Tuesday night.

The fire, which was reported at 5 p.m. was burning near Interstate-95 and Port St. John Parkway, behind a Parrish Medical Center building, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue. As of Tuesday night, the fire was burning at 35 acres and no homes were in danger, according to officials.

Officials said the flames have already jumped the lines, and is forcing firefighters to back up and take a more defense position and call in extra brush trucks.

"I wish I had some good news but it's looking pretty bad back there," said Fred Jodts, Division Chief. "We've got a lot of actively burning snags."

I-95 wasn't affected by the fire and crews say they're working to protect homes in the nearby Veronica Estates community and will continue monitoring the fire to prevent any flare-ups from reigniting.

"If it gets close I'll have an engine in every drive way today," Jodts said. "I'll protect these houses and we'll do everything we can."

Local 6 news helicopter Sky 6 flew over the fire as it burned through foliage, sending sparks and smoke up into the dark sky.

A fire weather watch was issued from the National Weather Service in Volusia County and fire weather warnings were issued in Flagler, Marion and Osceola counties. Click here for more.