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Brushfire Continues to Burn, Could Reach 1,000 Acres

UPDATE: 8:30 P.M. – Shoal Line Blvd. will be closed from Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., to the Coast Guard Auxiliary Building, 4340 Calienta St., until further notice.

UPDATE: 7:00 P.M. – According to the latest HCFR report, 650 acres have burned an is still only 25% contained.

HERNANDO – Firefighters continue to battle an estimated 380-acre brush fire in the Weeki Wachee Preserve and it is expected to grow.

According to Judy Tear of Florida Forestry Service, lighting struck a marshy area within the preserve a few days ago and smoldered until strong winds moved through and ignited the embers. Around 7:30 p.m. last night, Hernando County Fire Rescue responded to the area and discovered that approximately 2-3 acres were burning. Due to the marshy conditions, they were unable to access the fire and began organizing resources to plan their attack.

Officials now say the fire could reach upwards of 1,000-acres and is only 25% contained. HCFR spokesperson Alex Lopez says crews are expected to be battling the blaze throughout today and into the evening.Forestry Services has utilized a Chinook Helicopter to dump water in the regions to prevent the fire from jumping across Shoal Line Blvd and into populated areas. They also have a fixed wing aircraft surveilling the area to keep firefighters on the ground updated on the fire’s movement.

It should be noted that Shoal Line Blvd is closed at Osowaw Blvd and Jenkins Creek Park to all traffic except residents who live in the area.

There are no reports of damage to structures or injuries at this time.We will bring more on this story as it develops.

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  • I’m a resident of Hernando Beach and it was not a lightening strike!!!! The winds were so strong all week, if lightening would’ve hit it wouldn’t have smoldered for two and a half days with the winds we had!! It started Saturday night around 7 pm!! I can’t believe that even the news can’t get the story right!!

    Monday, 10 April 2017, 1:40 pm
    • Have you seen all the garbage, including cigarette butts among the beer bottles and cans? I believe it was either started intentionally or accidentally, not by Mother Nature.

      Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 5:37 pm
  • …all that wildlife ?

    Monday, 10 April 2017, 7:28 am
    • I know. It’s so sad, especially considering they already have so many pressures on them, including the hunting, the poaching, the drought…

      Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 5:35 pm
  • They set this fore on purpose. Last month the national guard was practicing that water drop stuff. Now where are they when you need them. They knew the fire was there days ago and did nothing. Don’t tell me that wasn’t plan.

    Monday, 10 April 2017, 12:59 am
    • one thing is questionable. They are cutting trees down off of the far trail and shipping them off to be sold for a profit. dont believe me check it out for yourself. Plenty of pictures to prove it. I dont get if its such a preserve why are trees being cut down by the thousands and sold off for $$$ This was done on the opposite side also and was denied but some activists followed the trucks to a location where lumbar is sold off. Then a statement was released the trees were problematic and diseased and it was done to save the other trees. Its used as a buffer zone for storms and for ground water systems but theres a bunch of clear cutting happening.

      Monday, 10 April 2017, 11:43 am
      • I believe it. Nice they are so transparent about it, right?! What about the Sunshine Law? Selling timber for profit is happening also in all of our forests. Don’t tell me this doesn’t disrupt the wildlife.

        Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 5:34 pm
  • this is terrible. this was my families favorite spot. we rode bikes out there. we hiked out there. we even went swimming. growing up through the decades this was an amazing place to hang out with friends. many memories there. I hope all stay safe. We had plans to go out there this sunday. It was generally a peaceful place you could watch all sorts of wild life and get a breath of fresh air. If Im off work, I hear daddy can we go to the preserve daddy. I know not every one sees places like the preserve the same way I do but its gut wrenching to see it up in flames. Its going to take a long time for it to recover.

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 9:28 pm
    • It will grow back better sorry for your loss.

      Monday, 10 April 2017, 9:21 am
      • yeah its terrible. i went to walmart the night before and im like wow it smells like fire and woke up to a cloud. sent pics to tom. I went up close and checked it out. Im glad no one got hurt but it sucks such a beautiful place is damaged.

        Monday, 10 April 2017, 11:35 am
  • We were just out for dinner and smoke was bad on spring hill dr and yes Deltona. Thank you to ALL fighting this fire and thanks Tom for keeping us informed. Be safe everyone!!

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 7:45 pm
  • Thank you to Hernando County police, firefighters, and Coast Guard for your valiant and heroic efforts to contain this fire and protect the residents of Hernando Beach. Our prayers are with you. We appreciate your efforts in all that you do to keep us safe. Also thank you to the many, many others who are working with you.

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 7:42 pm
  • Prayers to all who are fighting the fire, stay safe.

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 6:40 pm
  • Any updates on fire ?

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 6:24 pm
  • I’m about 7-8 miles away on deltona in spring hill and the smoke is getting bad over here!

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 6:07 pm
  • Call in more helicopters and get this fire put out!

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 4:56 pm
  • Dew poit and humidity are going up. Hopefully the winds will slow. Thanks guys and gals.

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 4:50 pm
  • Hope All Goes Well And Everyone Stays Safe, I Can Smell The Smoke From Home

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 4:34 pm
  • Our thoughts & prayers to all who are fighting the fire for us.

    Sunday, 9 April 2017, 4:13 pm

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