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300 Acre Brush Fire Rages Through Weeki Wachee Preserve

HERNANDO – Here is the latest on what we know regarding a 300-acre brush fire currently burning in the area of the Weeki Wachee Preserve.

According to Hernando County Fire Rescue (HCFR), around 7:30 p.m. last night firefighters were dispatched for a brush fire East of Shoal Line Blvd at Calienta St. It was soon revealed that a small 3-acre brush fire was inaccessible by vehicles in the Weeki Wachee Preserve. Florida Division of Forestry was immediately requested and is assisting with the extinguishing the fire.

At this time the fire is approximately 20% contained and there are no structures in immediate area in danger.  HCFR crews are surveilling the Hernando Beach community and standing by for structure protection if needed. Florida Forest Service is conducting back burning operations to create fire breaks to contain the fire.

Only local traffic is allowed between Shoal Line Blvd, Jew Fish Dr., and Cortez Blvd. The Hernando Beach boat ramp is also closed.

The Florida Fire Service as well as the Hernando County Sheriffs, Hernando County Emergency Management, The Hernando County Fire Corps and The Red Cross are currently providing mutual Aid.

It should be noted that officials are asking that no drones be flown in the area at this time.

We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day.

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  • As a mail carrier for Hernando Beach, will we be able to deliver our routes out there tomorrow? I know it says residents only and that the smoke will be bad. Just trying to get the information.
    Stay safe while fighting the fires!

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 9:58 pm
  • To Linda & Darlene, I’m NOT NITPICKING Tom’s reporting and NOT A HATER. I feel Tom does a fantastic job of covering such a widespread area. Without Tom this county would have no news reporting. When things are ongoing reporters trying to stay on top of things don’t have time to correct or proofread right away. This was fast breaking and Tom was getting word out quickly to everyone for safety sake – ours and the workers . *** I AM HUMAN AND IF I MISUNDERSTOOD THE ORIGINAL POST, I APOLOGIZE TO TOM. **********************************

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 6:03 pm
  • Tom you do a great job for us, it’s too bad we have such small minded nit picky people that are only trolling your stories to pick you apart. Anyway, here’s a genuine thanks from me whether you have typos or not just keep the stories coming!

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 3:10 pm
  • Thanks for the accurate reporting Tom…….Looks like there are some haters out there looking for you to mess up in your reporting…… Semantics! You do a great job!

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 3:07 pm
  • yes the firemen,have to deal with a lot of stuff too! power lines,wildlife,and sometimes stupid people! get out of the way when you see a emergency vehicle coming,it could be your loved one they are trying to save!!!!

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 3:07 pm
  • Smoke very visible on Spring Hill Drive and Waterfall.

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 3:02 pm
  • If you hike down trail 7 you can see all the wild life that is not normally there due to the fire. This is one of my favorite places to go. This wouldnt be the first fire in there. Ive had to call on plenty due to careless people that frequent the area. If people dont start picking up their trash and stop being irresponsible, they will shut this place down permanently . If you tank dive to either lake left or right you will see piles of trash at the bottom like bottles cans to even beach chairs at about the 15ft mark. Its a shame some do not respect the area. Its one of the last free places to go with out severe restrictions, Id kind of like to keep it that way.

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 2:44 pm
    • it’s so sad, the trash and people that do no respect mother earth.

      Monday, 10 April 2017, 11:14 am
  • Okay Tom got you on this one..The Red Cross, Fire Corps ect…Dont supply mutual aid. They simply supply support services. The Florida Fire Service is the only mutual aid . The rest are support services such as food, water and emergency management in case of evacuation ect…Lets give the boys in the big red trucks the credit they deserve.

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 1:52 pm
    • Pasco Fire Rescue provided mutual aid from Station 10 and 39.

      Monday, 10 April 2017, 12:14 am
  • Tom, headline says 300 acre- 2nd paragraph says 3 acre. OOPS!!! Been a long night way watching out for us all I know. Thanks for your concern & staying on top of this. Thanks to fire dept., forestry setvice, sherriff’s cross and all involved at this time.

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 1:32 pm
      • Is the road open this morning

        Monday, 10 April 2017, 6:24 am
    • The fire STARTET as a 3 Acre INACCESSIBLE fire which quickly spread.

      Sunday, 9 April 2017, 3:04 pm
    • You find the need to correct Tom on his report, especially with such a serious & dangerous situation taking place for all involved. Though, it’s okay that the word(s) in your remark are misspelled (SERVICE, not SETVICE). Also, SHERIFF is one “R” not two and a comma was needed between the Sheriff’s Dept. and Red Cross. Think before you comment!!… Just saying…

      Sunday, 9 April 2017, 5:55 pm
      • This response is intended for ELS.

        Sunday, 9 April 2017, 5:58 pm
        • Sassy, please read below under ELS. I HAVE APOLIGIZED TO TOM. I don’t owe you any apology. You might want to correct Lowell’s spelling of “snd” & “sonce” next.

          Sunday, 9 April 2017, 8:50 pm
    • It started out as a 3 acre fire snd grew to 300 sonce it was un accessible.

      Sunday, 9 April 2017, 7:24 pm
      • Why wouldnt they airdrop water
        Endless supply right there very close by? Unless winds were unsafe

        Sunday, 9 April 2017, 9:39 pm
    • We aren’t called Florida division of forestry it’s Florida forest service get it right maybe do some research before writing an article !!

      Monday, 10 April 2017, 7:19 pm

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