UPDATE: 5:55 p.m. – 10-acre north county brush fire nearly out

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The 10-acre brush fire in the area of County Road 512 and Interstate 95 between Fellsmere and Sebastian is nearly out, according to fire officials.

“We’re wrapping up now,” Fire Chief Brian Nolan said shortly before 6 p.m. Friday. He said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

For approximately 90 minutes this afternoon, the McDonald’s and Chevron gas station were shut down as emergency crews battled the blaze, Chief Nolan said.

While no residents in the nearby RV park were under mandatory evacuations, some residents voluntarily left the area.

Barbara Stanchfield said she decided to leave her RV, taking her two cats with her as a precaution. She said the RV residents were asked to put up their awnings because of the ash from the fire.

No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.

Chief Nolan said the fire started small but grew quickly due to the strong winds this afternoon.

Three brush trucks and two fire engines responded to the scene and the Division of Forestry was also called, according to the fire chief.

Firefighters are battling a large brush fire near the 9400 block of 108th Avenue near County Road 512 and Interstate 95 between Sebastian and Fellsmere.

 Eyewitness reports say that smoke can be seen several miles away and estimates put the size of the blaze, which started around 3 p.m., at 10 acres.

The area is still smoky and, depending on the wind direction, at times was hovering over the highway. Drivers are urged to use caution.

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