DEVELOPING: Large Brush Fire Threatens Weeki Wachee Homes
UPDATE: 2/13/2016,6:20 P.M. – US-19 is now open in both directions. There are some unofficials estimates that fire destroyed approximately 30 acres.
Officials say the fire was 80% contained during the last update.
UPDATE: 2/13/2016, 3:54 P.M. – Here is the latest information: Commercial Way is closed in both directions at Knucky Road in the northbound lanes and US-98 in the southbound lanes, due to heavy smoke.
There were some structures in the path of the fire near Yellow Hammer Road but there are no reports of damage at this time.
There are hot spots on boths sides of US-19.
The Department of Forestry and Citrus County Fire Rescue is assisting with bringing the blaze under control.
WREC is en route to the area of US-19 and Yellowlegs Ave to repair several utility poles that were destroyed in the fire.
WEEKI WACHEE – Numerous firefighters are responding the area of Commercial Way and Wood Owl Ave, where a large fire is burning in the area.
There are some structures in the path of the fire at this time but firefighters are working to stop the fire’s progression before it reached the homes.
US-19 is closed in the southbound lanes near the Citrus County line.
We are responding to the scene and will continue to update this developing story.
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