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Water Tower Brush Fire Claims 1,100-Acres, Roads Remain Closed

UPDATE: As of 5:00 P.M. today, Fire Officials are reporting a 90% containment of the 1,100-acre fire. They have also opened Shoal Line Blvd to through traffic.


HERNANDO – Fire Crews continue to battle the now 1,100-acre Water Tower Brush Fire but officials say it’s approximately 75% contained.

Shoal Line Blvd from Linda Pederson Park to Jew Fish Drive will remain closed to through traffic and Sheriff’s Deputies will be checking identifications to gain access.

The Florida Forest Service, Hernando County Sheriffs Office, Hernando County Emergency Management, and The Salvation Army are currently providing mutual Aid.

Officials are advising residents not to conduct debris burning at this time due to the extremely dry and windy conditions.

There are still no reports of property damage or injuries.

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  • Is this another of their “controlled” burns gone bad. I know they say lightening strike, but what are the chances?

    Monday, 10 April 2017, 2:57 pm
    • I talked with some one that works for a specific place. no names mentioned and said the lightning was not seen and it is merely speculative but that winds were a contributing factor to the spread.

      Monday, 10 April 2017, 6:28 pm
  • This is so sad… I hope the preserves still look okay and the wildlife wasn’t too disturbed :^(

    Monday, 10 April 2017, 12:23 pm
    • It’s 1100 acres.. Preserves Loving man are you serious this is awful. I literally shook my head when I read how dumb your comment was

      Monday, 10 April 2017, 2:06 pm
      • theres such a nice population of bears deer and various nesting from endangered species to local birds. Im sure its a huge impact on our local wild life. Theres not many places for them to go any more. Urban development has taken a big chunk out of their places to go. Theres a set of huge rocks in there you can sit on across from the lake and the local deer will come up to you with in a few feet. Waking up to this was awful.

        Monday, 10 April 2017, 3:09 pm
      • Some day you might need the HCSO to help you. You should change your screen name to Mr Insult…just sayin’

        Monday, 10 April 2017, 4:36 pm
        • You do know how are made right? That guys parents made him so they know. Hahahaha! Don’t get offended by ignorance. I’m sure he’s the one who says f the police but will call them when his girlfriend beats him up and use all the trailer park residents as his witnesses

          Monday, 10 April 2017, 9:33 pm
      • “HCSO is a joke!” sounds like another criminal entering the comment section of RNRF. They are only a joke to people that don’t pay taxes, don’t contribute to the community in a positive way and are in and out of jail.

        Monday, 10 April 2017, 4:48 pm
    • In time it will be beautiful and green again, but the animals ? I’m afraid that’s a different story, and that makes me so sad.

      Monday, 10 April 2017, 4:38 pm
      • i already did the research the pioneer plants will take 3 to 5 years to come in and the main basic canopy will take about 15 to 25 years and it will be like nothing happened in about 80 years given floridas climate the landscape and the specific plants in that region.

        Monday, 10 April 2017, 6:25 pm
    • The only thing sad about this fire is they knew about this when it was only three acres burning. That is when they should of bought in the helicopter in to put it out, Not wait @ see what it does @ i know it was in a remote area to get at. Lesson learned but someone needs to have their head on a platter instead of being in line to give a speech for Bay News 9. What a JOKE

      Monday, 10 April 2017, 4:47 pm

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