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Officials Issue Citation for Burn Ban Violation, Unattended Bonfire Ignites 2-Acres

REGIONAL – Due to the extremely dry conditions, firefighters have worked tirelessly to extinguish dozens of brushfires throughout the region, but despite a several warnings from officials, some residents have ignored the county-wide burn ban and continue to set fires on their property.

Around 7:00 a.m. this morning, firefighters responded to the area of Michigan Ave and Gladstone Street in Weeki Wachee, where they discovered approximately 2-acres burning behind several residences. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control without damage to structures.Upon further investigation, fire officials determined that occupants living at a residence on Gladstone Street had a bonfire last night and did not completely extinguish the fire, prior to retiring for the evening. During the early morning hours, the fire reignited and spread throughout the wood line behind Gladstone Street.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office cited the occupants and Florida Forestry Services will issue a bill for their services.

Around noon today, firefighters responded to a brush fire in the area of Commercial Way and Thrasher Ave, where they discovered fire beginning to threaten a plumbing business. That fire was quickly brought under control and there are no reports of damage.Fire broke out in a wooded area behind the Walmart Supercenter on Cortez Blvd this afternoon, but firefighters were able to bring that blaze under control before it reached nearby residences. This marks the second time in a week firefighters have battled a blaze in that area, and sources say it was most likely caused by individuals living in a homeless camp.

Less than an hour later, firefighters responded to Lola Street, where they discovered brush burning direct behind several homes. One witness tells RNRF that he helped deliver buckets of water to the blaze, prior to the arrival of firefighters, in an effort to prevent the flames from reaching two homes that were in immediate danger. There are unconfirmed reports that the blaze may have been intentionally set.

Officials want to remind residents that burning of any kind is absolutely prohibited until further notice.

In Hernando County, residents who start a fire of any type can be fined $1,000 and may be held legally and financially responsible for suppression efforts of that fire, according to officials.

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  • what every one fails to realize is if you have stupid people, they will do stupid things. no matter the fine the penalties etc. you will still have the stupid people doing stupid things. why? well bc they are stupid. they generally lack common sense due to being brought up by other stupid people. its a vicious cycle. I know to some this might seem very complex but its a harsh reality backed up by a great deal of science and logic..

    Saturday, 15 April 2017, 9:22 pm
    • In the words of the great Forrest Gump “Stupid is as stupid does”. Happy Easter everyone!!

      Sunday, 16 April 2017, 11:20 pm
  • stop p footing around with these idiots who don’t follow the rules. Fires can spread quickly and threaten others. Seven days in jail with a 10 thousand dollar fine would send the message.

    Saturday, 15 April 2017, 5:27 am
  • If people have a bonfire and they don’t put the fire out properly then the fire dept shouldn’t bother putting out the fire either unless it threatens nearby people who were not.responsible for the fire. The people who started the bonfire were careless so they should have to face the consequences of their actions, the fire dept has more important things to do than deal with idiots.

    Friday, 14 April 2017, 9:03 pm
    • The bonfire was burning behind the residences and a shift in wind direction could have brought it to the residences. WHY CAN’T PEOPLE JUST OBEY THE LAW??? WHY ENDANGER OTHER LIVES SO YOU CAN SIT OUT & GET DRUNK WITH FRIENDS ???? I think at tbis time with drought index so high the fines should be doubled as well as fire department costs!!!!!!! Maybe idiots will think 5 or 6 times about endangering lives then.

      Friday, 14 April 2017, 11:07 pm
    • Kind of hard to do that considering they would never know when it would make the move to threaten another persons home. And what if they are renters, if you let the fire go and it consumes the fire starters rental home you then punish someone who had nothing to do with the fire.

      Saturday, 15 April 2017, 9:30 am
    • Don’t put out the fire?? It spread into the woods. Do you know if the wind is going to change directions and threaten someone? Firefighters are in the business of putting out fires, not walking away from them. The article did state they will be held financially responsible. DOF does not come cheap.

      Saturday, 15 April 2017, 3:59 pm
    • That has got to be one of the dumbest comments I’ve read all day…smfh

      Saturday, 15 April 2017, 6:30 pm
      • Agreed – there is no logic in his entire post.

        Sunday, 16 April 2017, 12:25 pm

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