Friday, May 2, 2014

Merritt Island Brush Fire 80% 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 80% contained as of Friday morning.


The brush fire, dubbed the Bapa Fire, was sparked by lightning Tuesday evening and had grown to 2,683 acres as of 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning.


State Road 402 which was closed between the State Road 402/406 intersection and State Road 3, re-opened Thursday evening.