WEEKI WACHEE — A brush fire ripped across 90 forested acres Saturday afternoon, prompting firefighters to evacuate a dozen homes in the Woodland Waters neighborhood.
The fire began about 2 p.m. as a small trash burn, but stiff winds quickly spread the flames, said Frank DeFrancesco, assistant chief of Hernando County Fire Rescue. His agency, along with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Spring Hill Fire Rescue, Citrus County Fire Rescue and the state Division of Forestry, worked for hours to bring the blaze under control.
No one was hurt and no homes were damaged in the fire, which firefighters had mostly contained by 5 p.m.
There are strict rules that govern outdoor burning, DeFrancesco said. The man who started this trash burn could face a fine, he said.
"People need to understand that, even though we've had some good intermittent rains, it's not enough to stop this from occurring," DeFrancesco said.