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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