Brush fire shuts down highway in Brevard

Firefighters monitor 1000-acre 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.

--Before sunset

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