PINE ISLAND — A brush fire that consumed more than 400 acres prompted authorities to evacuate the Bayport Inn/Restaurant and residents around Cortez Boulevard and Pine Island Drive in Hernando County Thursday afternoon.
The blaze was contained by about 8:45 p.m., according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. Officials from Hernando County Fire and the Division of Forestry spent the night monitoring any potential hot spots.
The fire did not threaten any structures, but 12 homes were evacuated because of smoke.
Residents were also asked not to drive west on Cortez Boulevard past Shoal Line Boulevard because of blocked roads.