Firefighters from several agencies continued on Saturday to monitor a controlled burn that had gotten out of control in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area late last week.
The crews from the Division of Forestry, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Hernando County Fire Rescue had been able to control the fire by Friday evening, according to Don Ruths, forestry wildfire mitigation specialist.
On Saturday, less smoke was visible and the area mapped out for the original 250-acre controlled burn was already consumed by fire. Ruths said the plan was to monitor the perimeter to make sure that, as the wind shifted throughout the day, no more flare-ups would occur.
More than 370 acres was burned in the fire.