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.