Brevard I-95 drivers on alert today for brush fire concerns

By Stephanie Bechara, Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 8:27 AM EDT

Drivers in Brevard County will need to be on alert again Wednesday for any potential brush fire issues.

A brush fire in Brevard County shut down Interstate 95 several times on Tuesday.

Conditions are much calmer Wednesday and I-95 is open in all directions. Fire crews continue to monitor the Tucker Fire in the Rockledge area. 

The brush fire was caused by lightning.

According to the Florida Forest Service, the fire reached 5,000 acres before being rained out. The fire is about 75 percent contained. 

The Florida Forest Service said Tuesday afternoon that burnout was complete on the 5,000-acre fire that was sparked by lightning Monday afternoon. Smoke was pushing away from I-95, but motorists are urged to use caution during the overnight as winds die down.

The intentional burn by the St. Johns Water Management District, which owns the land, began around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The fire was not accessible by bulldozers and equipment, so a helicopter flew over the area to burn a total of 5,000 acres of saw grass to prevent it from catching fire again.