Florida brush fire grows to 1100 acres, 75 percent contained


The Hernando County Sheriff's Office says the presence of drones is strictly forbidden due to safety concerns.

The Florida Forest service estimates the fire, which is burning in the Weekiwachee Preserve area, is around 650 acres. The fire has almost tripled in size since crews began working to contain the blaze on Saturday. That fire is 90 percent contained. Right now, the fire is only 25% contained.

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'It started as one fire and then the winds increased about 2:30 this morning. The Florida Forest Service is conducting back burning operations to create fire breaks to contain the fire. There have been no reports of homes or buildings being threatened and no evacuations at this time.

According to many officials, on Wednesday afternoon a fire occurred in the region of southwest Broadway County and it became so large that is spread all over the nearby places. Some roads were only open to local traffic.

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'This is a hard fire by the nature of the topography. We have a heavily marched area. So we're asking those folks stay in their homes, keep their windows closed and keep their air conditioning on and if they have any worsening condition call 911, " said Hernando County Fire Rescue Division Chief Alex Lopez.

Firefighters from Hernando County Fire Rescue and several state agencies are battling a wildland fire in the Weeki Wachee Preserve that began Saturday (April 8) evening and is expected to grow overnight because of deteriorating weather conditions.

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One church came close to flames, but officials told WFLA it was spared.