[UPDATE] Wildfire Closes I-95, Prompts Evacuations

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

[UPDATE] 3-2 2:10pm -- MIMS, Fla. (AP) --

Interstate 95 has been shut down in both directions in an area of central Florida, while firefighters battle a wildfire that so far has burned 16,000 acres.

More than a dozen agencies were fighting the blaze along the
Brevard-Volusia county line on Wednesday. U.S. 1 remains open
Wednesday.

The blaze started Monday, jumping from Volusia County into
Brevard County, about 25 miles north of the Kennedy Space Center,
and across the Intercoastal Waterway from Cape Canaveral.

Officials say the fire was 25 percent contained late Tuesday.

So far, it has destroyed a mobile home and two hunting camps.

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Scottsmoor, FL (AP) -

A central Florida wildfire that quickly grew to around 4,000 acres has prompted evacuations and destroyed
at least two structures.

Officials say a 20-mile section of Interstate 95 along Florida's Space Coast remained closed Monday night. The Florida Highway Patrol ordered the highway closure earlier after the fire jumped a section located around the border of Brevard and Volusia counties. Officials have also closed U.S. 1.

The fire forced the evacuation of nearby campgrounds and trailer parks. About 20 residents left their homes.

Forestry officials say two hunting cabins were destroyed.

Firefighters continue to battle the blaze.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Duane Location: Spring Hill, FL. on Mar 4, 2011 at 04:59 AM
    This Fire was started by a trucker driving with a flat tire, sparks from the rim caught the grass along the highway on fire. controll burns help eliminate fuels and you can help control future fires. If they did control burns in the area the fire would not be as big as it is.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:21 AM
    dog, Are you saying that this started from a control burn? Or, are you saying that controlled burns could have helped to contain this fire? You aren't very clear about this in your post.
  • by dog Location: gone on Mar 3, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    CONTROL BURN , WILL THEY EVER LEARN.
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