Thursday, May 1, 2014

Merritt Island Brush Fire 30% Contained

Smoke plume from the "Bapa Fire" on Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, as seen from west of I-95 on Wednesday. Refuge fire staff report the burn-out operations, currently under way, could grow to 5,000 acres.  Photo Credit: BCFR

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fire Management Division (USFWS) is reporting that the brush fire on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is 30% contained.

The brush fire, dubbed the Bapa Fire, was sparked by lightning Tuesday evening and has grown to 2,683 acres as of 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning.  USFWS says that the brush fire has high growth potential and could become as large as 5,000 acres in size.

State Road 402 will be closed between the State Road 402/406 intersection and State Road 3 during the burn out of the brush fire.