Photo by Shana Medel.

400-acre brush fire shuts down State Road 50


Video by Shana Medel.

UPDATE 9:22 a.m.: According to an FFS spokesman’s Twitter, the fire is 855 acres and 50 percent contained. Additional resources are assisting and the FFS is hoping for 90 percent containment by the end of Wednesday. S.R. 50 has been reopened. 

A 400-acre brush fire named “Old 50” was burning Tuesday night along State Road 50 and Interstate 95 in Brevard County, according to tweets from the Florida Forest Service.

The fire was burning between Titusville and Christmas near the St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge.

S.R. 50 was shut down by the Florida Highway Patrol and drivers were asked to use extreme caution in the area due to possible visibility issues from the smoke.

As of 12:30 Wednesday morning, Florida Forest Service spokesman Cliff Frazier tweeted that no evacuations have been ordered so far and 30 percent of the fire was contained.

This is a developing story. Check back to the Central Florida Focus for more updates.