Central Fla. Wildfire Burns Out Of Control

 MIMS, Fla. (CBS4) – Central Florida firefighters are still battling a large wildfire that so far has burned 16,000 acres.

More than a dozen agencies were fighting the blaze along the Brevard-Volusia county line on Wednesday.

Authorities say the smoke is not affecting motorists on Interstate 95 and U.S. 1, which remained open Wednesday morning. Both highways were shutdown for several hours late Monday night due to smoky conditions.

The blaze started Monday, jumping from Volusia County into Brevard County, about 25 miles north of the Kennedy Space Center, and across the Intercoastal Waterway from Cape Canaveral. It also closed a Brevard County elementary school Tuesday.

Officials say the fire was 25 percent contained late Tuesday.

So far, it has destroyed a mobile home and two hunting camps.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

  • Mari

    Florida’s ecosystems need fire to renew themselves. People complain and don’t want to see controlled burning and this is the result. We have a lot of fuel in most natural areas and it is dry. A recipe for fire. We need more controlled fires to avoid this kind of destruction!!!

  • Bj Dyson

    gas boycott

blog comments powered by Disqus
Weather Forecast 24/7
Thanksgiving Guide

Listen Live