Update: Wildfire continues to burn near I-95

Large smoke plume from a wildfire in Brevard County

The St. Johns River Water Management District will burn out a wildfire in Brevard County on Tuesday.

PALM BAY, Fla., June 27, 2017 — A wildfire continues to burn on a St. Johns River Water Management District property west of Interstate 95 and south of State Road 520 in Brevard County.

Update as of June 27 at 12 p.m.:

A wildfire ignited by a lightning strike has burned approximately 2,000 acres of sawgrass on the district’s River Lakes Conservation Area property. The district continues to burn-out the remainder of the 5,000-acre tract, using an aerial helitorch, an engine and two airboats. Brevard County Fire Rescue and Florida Forest Service will provide assistance.

The Florida Highway Patrol has closed a six-mile-long stretch of Interstate 95 near Rockledge in both directions. Updates on highway conditions are available online on the FHP’s Live Traffic Crash and Conditions Report.