Wickham Park in Melbourne reopens after brush fire prompts closure

Park rangers will continue to monitor for possible flare ups

A brush fire on June 10, 2021 at Melbourne's Wickham Park. (WKMG 2021)

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Wickham Park in Melbourne reopened Friday to pedestrians and vehicles after being closed due to high winds leading to possible flare ups from a recent brush fire.

Brevard County Parks and Recreation officials initially closed the park saying there was ongoing smoldering and hot spots that could flare up fueled by high winds expected Friday afternoon.

Officials issued a statement around 4:20 p.m. Friday saying the park was cleared to reopen with monitoring.

“The City of Melbourne Fire Department has completed their efforts in extinguishing the brush fire at Wickham Park and assess the park is safe to reopen.  Parks and Recreation staff will place caution tape along the sidewalk adjacent to the burn area as a visual cue to keep the public safe.  Wickham Park Rangers will continue to monitor the burn area to ensure there are no further flare ups,” Brevard County Parks and Recreation officials said in an update.

The closure did not affect the Wickham Park campground. Campers could still come and go from the park.

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According to the Florida Fire Service, the brush fire broke out Thursday evening and was 100% contained by 10 p.m.

The Brevard County Fire Department, Melbourne Fire and FFS responded to the brush fire.