I-95 reopens in Brevard County after brush fire scorches 600 acres

Cause of blaze not known

PALM BAY, Fla. – Smoke from a massive brush fire forced crews to shut down a 17-mile stretch of Interstate 95 Monday morning.

I-95 was closed in both directions from Malabar Road to the county line, but the Florida Highway Patrol reopened the roadway around 8:10 a.m.

Brevard County Fire Rescue, Palm Bay Fire Rescue and Florida Forest Service personnel responded to the brush fire Sunday on the Micco Preserve off southbound I-95. 

The fire has scorched 600 acres and was 95 percent contained as of Monday morning, according to the Florida Forest Service. 

Smoke could be seen for miles in the Micco area in Brevard County.

Micco and Babcock roads were also shut down Sunday, according to authorities. Babcock Road reopened Monday morning.

Fire units are prepared to protect structures near Deer Run if they become endangered, authorities said.

No homes or businesses have been affected, and no evacuations have been ordered.

The cause of the fire is not known.

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South Brevard County residents watching the fire speculating what might have sparked the flames.

"It could be from somebody flicking a cigarette to the sun shining off of a piece of glass," Carl Dauria, of Barefoot Bay, said.

"They're putting in the interchange down here and somebody said the fire started out there at the construction site so hard to tell what happened," Arlene Murray from the Deer Run subdivision said.

The Deer Run neighborhood is across Babcock Street from where fire crews continued putting out hot spots Monday.

"All you have to do is look out the window," Murray said of how close the fire is to the neighborhood.

"I was at home drinking a martini and watching the helicopter come in and scoop water out of the lake over there behind the woods," she said.

Although mostly contained, officials said the fire will likely burn for days.

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