Fire scorches nearly 13 acres in eastern Hernando

BROOKSVILLE — Firefighters battling scorching temperatures brought a nearly 13-acre brush fire under control Wednesday afternoon in eastern Hernando County.

The fire, which started around 1:40 p.m. off Mondon Hill Road near Weatherly Road east of Brooksville, was contained shortly before 3 p.m., according to Assistant Fire Chief Frank DeFrancesco of the Hernando County Fire Rescue.

Crews from various departments, including the state Division of Forestry, battled the blaze in temperatures in the high 90s. High winds, with the potential to fan the flames, accompanied sporadic storms a few miles north in Citrus County.

"We got lucky because of the weather, to be honest with you,'' DeFrancesco said. "The weather actually stayed north of us.''

No homes or businesses were damaged by the flames and no one was injured, he said. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Fire scorches nearly 13 acres in eastern Hernando 06/15/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:56pm]

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