Richloam Fire Grows to 1,700 Acres, Expect Hazy Conditions for Weeks

HERNANDO – As the Richloam brush fire rages on in Sumter County, residents in Hernando County can expect hazy conditions to continue for weeks to come.

According to fire officials, the Richloam fire has grown to around 1,700 acres and is 80% contained. As the wind changes, officials say you can expect to continue to see and smell the smoke for the next couple of weeks.Experts warn that If you have respiratory problems the smoky conditions could exacerbate your symptoms. Officials encouraged those who are adversely effected to relocate temporarily with friends or family outside of the region.

Chief Kevin Carroll of Hernando County Fire Rescue, reminds everyone that a county-wide burn ban remains in effect and that burning of any kind is prohibited. Carroll says to dispose of cigarette butts properly, do not discharge fireworks, and be careful not to park your car on tall grass. BBQ grilling is acceptable as long as the grill is not left unattended.

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7 comments

    1. I saw a sheriff do it this morning at a school zone on Northcliffe. 8759 car and tag ZIL64. It should be illegal especially at a school zone.

  1. Anyone else dealing with allergies on top of this smoke has my sympathy. This is going to be a long, long wait. My family and I have been feeling it for the past couple of days, so have a few others I know, this is a real pita.

    I wish it would just rain already.

    Thanks goes out to the people working to put out this fire, as well as Tom.

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