60-acre brush fire at St. Sebastian Buffer Preserve fully contained, officials say


Update: A 60-acre brush fire that ignited Friday afternoon at the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park was fully contained by 7 p.m., Florida Forest Service officials said. It was unclear how long state and county firefighters would remain in the area to battle the fire, dubbed the Buffer West Fire.



Earlier story:

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — State and county firefighters were battling a 60-acre brush fire that ignited at St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park Friday, officials said. No injuries were reported, and no homes were threatened from the fire, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire started in the afternoon in the southwest section of the park located north of County Road 512 and west of Interstate 95. Police said the blaze was one mile east of the 13400 block of 113th Street in unincorporated Fellsmere.

Sheriff’s officials said the flames were spreading northwest and extending into Brevard County. The park stretches from southern Brevard County to northern Indian River County.

Florida Forest Service crews said they have two bulldozers working to contain the fire. Indian River County Fire Rescue has six brush trucks and seven engines trying to knock down the flames, Assistant Chief David Rattray said.

Deputies and Fellsmere police released videos and photos on social media that show smoke billowing in the air. Authorities advised motorists to avoid the area.

No further information was immediately available.

Photos provided by Fellsmere Police Department and Indian River County Sheriff’s Office

This story will be updated.

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