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Forestry officials announce high wildfire risk for parts of North Suncoast


Local wildfire risk at a 'very high level'

The Florida Division of Forestry, Withlacoochee Forestry Center, has warned that the wildfire risk within Hernando, Citrus, Sumter, Pasco and Lake counties is at a "very high level."

Although there are no existing burn bans within these counties, the Division of Forestry and local fire rescue agencies are recommending that outdoor burning of yard waste be delayed until conditions improve.

The majority of recent wildfires were caused by careless burning of yard waste and the illegal burning of household trash. Several of these fires threatened local homes and structures.

Call Don Ruths, wildfire mitigation specialist at the Withlacoochee Forestry Center, (352) 754-6777, ext. 119.


Rep. Schenck to speak to Republican Club

The First Hernando Republican Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Deerfield Clubhouse, 15471 Atwater Drive.

State Rep. Robert Schenck will discuss legislation recently passed in Tallahassee, including the budget, pill mills and other issues. A question and answer session will follow.

All registered Republicans are welcome. Call Alan Setelius at (352) 585-6402.

NAMI 'Family to Family' course begins May 26

The National Association on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando will offer its free 12-week "Family to Family" course at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting May 26, at the Beautiful Mind Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive.

The program, taught by instructors who have loved ones with mental illness, will focus on helping family members understand and cope with a mental illness.

Reservations required. Call Judy Thompson at (352) 544-0352 or Mariann Eckman at (352) 683-1350.

Forestry officials announce high wildfire risk for parts of North Suncoast 05/05/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2011 7:11pm]
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