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Richloam Fire Grows to 1,700 Acres, Expect Hazy Conditions for Weeks

HERNANDO – As the Richloam brush fire rages on in Sumter County, residents in Hernando County can expect hazy conditions to continue for weeks to come.

According to fire officials, the Richloam fire has grown to around 1,700 acres and is 80% contained. As the wind changes, officials say you can expect to continue to see and smell the smoke for the next couple of weeks.Experts warn that If you have respiratory problems the smoky conditions could exacerbate your symptoms. Officials encouraged those who are adversely effected to relocate temporarily with friends or family outside of the region.

Chief Kevin Carroll of Hernando County Fire Rescue, reminds everyone that a county-wide burn ban remains in effect and that burning of any kind is prohibited. Carroll says to dispose of cigarette butts properly, do not discharge fireworks, and be careful not to park your car on tall grass. BBQ grilling is acceptable as long as the grill is not left unattended.

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  • Anyone else dealing with allergies on top of this smoke has my sympathy. This is going to be a long, long wait. My family and I have been feeling it for the past couple of days, so have a few others I know, this is a real pita.

    I wish it would just rain already.

    Thanks goes out to the people working to put out this fire, as well as Tom.

    Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 8:43 pm
  • Driving from 41 and 50 to 19 and 50 I counted 9…NINE…people throw lit cigarettes out of their car windows! ***STOP IT!!***

    Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 6:29 pm
    • I saw a sheriff do it this morning at a school zone on Northcliffe. 8759 car and tag ZIL64. It should be illegal especially at a school zone.

      Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 1:59 pm
  • I was up on 50 / Mariner area this am and it was hazy and strongly smelled of smoke… Be safe firefighters …

    Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 1:08 pm
    • That was your own bad breath blowin’ back in your face………….

      Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 4:40 pm
      • So immature…are you a kid or just doped up?

        Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 6:13 pm
      • You certainly are a fine human.. Why be so crude and rude??

        Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 7:01 pm

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