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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.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

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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  • my parents live between thrasher and knuckey and so does my sister. hopefully their insurance is paid up and their farm animals are not too affected.

    Monday, 15 February 2016, 12:58 am
  • Tom, were any homes damaged?

    Sunday, 14 February 2016, 10:03 am
  • Joe citizen, prescribed burns are done to prevent these types of fires,but only on state owned properties. Quit your whining

    Sunday, 14 February 2016, 6:39 am
  • There is a video on Youtube the channel name is johnnye263 check it out

    Sunday, 14 February 2016, 2:06 am
  • Actually the police did fine directing people on Knucky…. if one listens and follows directions they should have no problem…. we live off Thrasher and when our friends came off 19 to Knucky they had no problem…. when we left to go shopping the police were still at Knucky and Lalani directing traffic to Centrelia…. when we got to Centrelia the police there were giving directions and very helpful…. Way to go ALL first responders…. tytyty for all you do…. praise Jesus everyone is okay and no property loss….

    Saturday, 13 February 2016, 11:35 pm
  • What a mess the sheriff’s office created. They turned northbound drivers into that horrible maze off Knucky Road. Cars were going up dead end streets onto dirt paths and when one was able to find Thrasher, you were turned back a half mile from 19. God help the people with no sense of direction. There were scores of cars going in every direction looking for a way. Little did we know that 5 miles of 19 was closed.

    Saturday, 13 February 2016, 8:34 pm
  • I live right off of yellow hammer. I had a hard time e getting back into the neighborhood this afternoon. I was told by an officer the someone flicked a cigarette butt. A neighbor on the main road said they saw 4 wheelers in the area just before it all happened. Scary to think how close it truly was. Now all we can do is hope for rain since it’s all currently bone dry.

    Saturday, 13 February 2016, 8:02 pm
  • Was this due to another stupid prescribed burn that went bad? They seem to do these burns when ever it’s windy and then bam it’s out of control

    Saturday, 13 February 2016, 6:18 pm
  • I live just South of there. Looks like the wind was blowing it East.

    Saturday, 13 February 2016, 5:48 pm
  • I live off Seville parkway near golf course are they going to let cars past knuckey to get home

    Saturday, 13 February 2016, 5:33 pm
  • Is wood owl back open beacuse I live on that road

    Saturday, 13 February 2016, 5:14 pm
  • both north and south bound lanes are closed

    Saturday, 13 February 2016, 4:28 pm
  • Thanks Tom for the speedy report

    Saturday, 13 February 2016, 4:20 pm
  • Is it on the west side of 19???

    Saturday, 13 February 2016, 4:14 pm
  • I was right behind u in a white car …we were trying to go to the zoo and couldn’t figure out another way….funny thing was I just got off the phone with the zoo and they didn’t say anything….hope the animals r safe

    Saturday, 13 February 2016, 4:04 pm
  • They are diverting everyone down Knuckey Rd and there is a lot of traffic out on that street right now.

    Saturday, 13 February 2016, 4:01 pm
  • Please update. It isn’t on wood owl, it’s way past. I live here and went out and looked

    Saturday, 13 February 2016, 3:44 pm

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