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DEVELOPING: Large Brush Fire Closes US-19, Weeki Wachee

UDPATE: 6:16 P.M. – Southbound lanes of US-19 are now open.

UDPATE: 3:35 P.M. – Northbound lanes of US-19 have reopened. Southbound lanes remain closed.

WEEKI WACHEE – What began as a 5-acre brush fire along US-19, just north of Centralia Ave, has now grown to over 20-acres in less than 30 minutes.

US-19 is closed in both directions as firefighters struggle to bring the fast-moving fire under control.

There are no structures in danger at this time, according to sources.

We will update this story as it develops.

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  • Any more news on this brush fire? Cleveland, OH snowbird

    Sunday, 30 April 2017, 2:12 pm
  • Large swaths of trees…..’clinging to life’..

    Sunday, 30 April 2017, 3:07 am
  • Great job done by Hernando county and Florida department of Forestry.

    Saturday, 29 April 2017, 11:04 pm
  • Be careful with the law enforcement there .one in particular threatened me for no reason ! These police are out of control and this man should loose his job . Handle things as a police officer not with your anger !

    Saturday, 29 April 2017, 6:50 pm
    • And what did he do grasshopper!???

      Sunday, 30 April 2017, 8:23 am
    • Did he threaten you with a ticket if you did not follow traffic directions? or Did he tell you he was going to shoot you because you drove a red car?

      I’m guessing it was the threat of a ticket, I can’t see any other reason you would be interacting with them at the scene of the fire.

      Sunday, 30 April 2017, 7:42 pm
  • I was coming back from Peace cave when this firsted started. It did spread fast. When i first seen it coming out to 19 it was small. Within 15 min or less while waiting to make the turn around to head south on 19 it was at that point it started taking off. Prayers all the workers are safe.

    Saturday, 29 April 2017, 5:39 pm
  • People need to use their ashtrays and not the side of the road.

    Saturday, 29 April 2017, 5:12 pm
    • Yep Harold they do, as well as drive the speed limit, don’t drink and drive, etc etc, but stupid people do stupid stuff can’t cure stupid. Wish we could. Have a nice day.

      Sunday, 30 April 2017, 3:55 pm
  • Go get em Hernando county fire !

    Saturday, 29 April 2017, 3:34 pm
  • Coming back from citrus county, I took knuckey to Lialani over to centralia.

    Saturday, 29 April 2017, 3:18 pm
    • I had to do the same, good to know your options. Some people had to take 98 to Citrus Way to Centralia.

      Saturday, 29 April 2017, 5:59 pm
  • Prayers for all out County workers out there fighting this fire…

    Saturday, 29 April 2017, 2:43 pm
    • Yes .. Bless these men and women for the risks they take. Be safe out there. And PEOPLE … PLEASE don’t discard burnable materials haphazardly..

      Saturday, 29 April 2017, 3:44 pm
      • Ok i wont thank you for the lesson though… Have a great night.. Thanx fire crews

        Saturday, 29 April 2017, 4:54 pm

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