Officials: SpaceX rocket test sparks brush fire

Officials: SpaceX rocket test sparks brush fire

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A SpaceX static rocket fire test ignited a brush fire in the Merritt Island National Wildlife refuge, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The rocket test-firing occurred early Sunday afternoon on launch pad 39A, Spacex said in a tweet.

Fish and Wildlife officials said the blaze is contained at 4 acres at this time on a small island near the launch pad.

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Firefighters are using a helicopter to drop water on the fire, officials said.

SpaceX conducted the test in preparation for the company's commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station slated for Thursday at 5:55 p.m., according to NASA.

USLaunchReport shot video of the static fire test: