Saturday, April 21, 2018
Public safety

Hillsborough crews fight two brush fires

LITHIA — Two brush fires burned through wooded areas Tuesday afternoon, stretching the resources of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

The first in Lithia was reported at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday at Browning Road and Red Bird Lane. FishHawk Ranch residents also called 911 when they spotted smoke in the sky. Firefighters said they had the fire contained at 80 acres just after 5 p.m.

Two Florida Forestry Service trucks went to the scene, along with four brush fire trucks, a fire engine, a tanker truck and other support units, Fire Rescue said.

North of the Lithia fire, two brush trucks were used to contain a fire running along the CSX railroad tracks on Durant and Turkey Creek roads in Durant.

Forestry workers said the flames were headed toward an old controlled burn area and could be easily contained.

Fire Rescue also called in the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office helicopter for help containing flames that crews couldn't reach by truck.

Neither fire was threatening any homes. No injuries have been reported.

Times photographer Octavio Jones contributed to this report.

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