Final update: Seminole Ranch fire

Update:  2:45 p.m.

PALM BAY, Fla., March 16, 2017 —  St. Johns River Water Management District land managers and partnering agencies are burning interior pockets within a wildfire that began Wednesday afternoon on the Seminole Ranch Conservation Area. When finished by nightfall on Thursday, the total area burned within the wildfire is expected to be more than 6,800 acres.

The fire started in multiple locations on Wednesday and quickly spread throughout the vast, marshy interior of Seminole Ranch, located on the north side of State Road 50 and west of Interstate 95.

Assisting the district are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, Brevard County Fire Rescue, the Florida Highway Patrol and Orange County Fire Rescue.