Hernando Beach Wildland Fire continues in the Weekiwachee Preserve

Hernando County Fire Rescue (HCFR) continues to work with the Florida Forest Service and various state and local agencies to contain and control the Water Tower Fire in the Weekiwachee Preserve area of Hernando County. Currently the fire is approximately 1,100 acres in size and approximately 75% contained. The Florida Forest Service has placed a fire control line around the entire 1,100 acre fire.

A road closure continues to all but local traffic on Shoal Line Blvd from Linda Pederson Park south to Jew Fish Dr. The Hernando County Sheriffs will be requesting identification from residents in gaining access to the area.

The Florida Forest Service, Hernando County Sheriffs Office, Hernando County Emergency Management and The Salvation Army are currently providing mutual aid to the event.

The Joint Information Center (JIC) will be at Linda Pedersen Park on Shoal Line Blvd. The Water Tower Fire Unified Command will be holding the next press conference today at 11:00 a.m. at this location. All media are directed to stage at the JIC.

HCFR is advising residents of the community not to conduct outside burning of debris during the severe fire danger conditions in our area. Lack of rain, lower humidity and wind conditions make this activity extremely dangerous.

Real time updates are available on Twitter from Hernando County Fire Rescue @HernandoCoFire; follow The Florida Forest Service Withlacoochee @FFS_Withlacooch.