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.
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