Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Controlled burn becomes wildfire in east Pasco

SAN ANTONIO — Flames from a controlled burn that burst out of control just after noon Monday, sweeping across 125 acres of open pasture in east Pasco County.

Firefighters in more than a dozen tankers, engines and brush trucks rushed about 1 p.m. to the blaze, which burned just east of Interstate 75 between Darby and St. Joe roads, Pasco Fire Rescue Chief Duncan Hitchcock said.

By 2:30 p.m., firefighters had deployed to six homes near the burning grassland and contained most of the fire. About 3 p.m., bulldozers began carving trench-like "firebreaks" to isolate the flames, and firefighters began burning off stray underbrush to keep the fire from spreading.

Drivers on I-75 could hit some pungent smoke from a patch of ignited peat bog, Hitchcock said. "Muck fires," which are stubbornly difficult to extinguish, send off fumes with a "smell you can never forget," he said.

Controlled burn becomes wildfire in east Pasco 01/31/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 31, 2011 5:27pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. New job for Pinellas mentor to first-year teachers


    Remember Kali Davis, a Pinellas school district teacher whose job last year was to mentor and coach 26 first-year teachers in six of the district's lowest-performing …

    Kali Davis (left), training director for Springboard to Success, helps to coach Justin Black (center), who will be starting his third year of teaching PE at Melrose Elementary, as he works to instruct students in a math lesson during the Spring Board program of Summer Bridge at Woodlawn Elementary School in St. Petersburg. Davis' year-round job has shifted from coaching first-year teachers at six struggling schools to an instructional coach at Ridgecrest Elementary in Largo.
  2. Good news: Tampa Bay no longer a major foreclosure capital of the country

    Real Estate

    Once in the top five nationally for foreclosure filings, the Tampa Bay area no longer ranks even in the top 25.

    A few short years ago, Tampa Bay was a national hub for foreclosures. Not any more. [Getty Images/iStockphoto]
  3. Largo promotes Joseph Pennino to deputy fire chief

    Public Safety

    LARGO — The city has a new deputy fire chief after Dave Mixson left the post to take a job as chief and director of public safety of the South Pasadena Fire Department.

    Largo Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Pennino
  4. State Attorney announces expansion of Hillsborough juvenile civil citation program


    TAMPA — Kids who, for the first time, commit certain minor crimes in Hillsborough County may now avoid a criminal conviction by completing a civil citation program.

    Thursday's announcement of civil citations for first-time juvenile offenders in Hillsborough County marked the fulfillment of a campaign promise by State Attorney Andrew Warren.
  5. Pinellas County approves settlement with Suncoast fire district

    Public Safety

    SEMINOLE — County commissioners on Tuesday approved a settlement with the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District, closing out a lawsuit filed last year by the district over millions of dollars of emergency medical services funding.