Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Firefighters have contained 'suspicious' fires in Pasco County; State Road 54 reopened

TRINITY — Both directions of State Road 54 were re-opened Tuesday night after firefighters contained "suspicious" fires that burn 32 acres, according to Pasco County officials.

No homes are threatened and no evacuations were ordered. Officials said the westbound lanes of S.R. 54 between Old County Road 54 and Mitchell Ranch Road were reopened around 8 p.m. and then announced that eastbound lanes were reopened about 45 minutes later.

Pasco officials deemed the fires "suspicious" but did not reveal any other details.

The Florida Forest Service helped Pasco Fire Rescue contain the fires around 8 p.m. Firefighters continued to monitor hot spots, however.

Officials warned residents to be careful driving through low-lying smoke in areas near the brush fires.

Firefighters also dealt with smaller brush fire in Hudson on Tuesday. The fire, estimated to be 2-3 acres, was burning south of Denton Avenue and east of Coyote Road. It was being pushed northeast by strong winds, officials said.

No homes in nearby Renee Lane and Kitten Trail were threatened by that fire, officials said. But officials limited access to Arthur Engle Memorial Park, west of the blaze, to move firefighting equipment into the area.

Firefighters have contained 'suspicious' fires in Pasco County; State Road 54 reopened 04/25/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 8:47pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lightning takes defenseman Cal Foote with top pick in draft

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Cal Foote said he was so young when his father, Adam, played in the NHL, he didn't remember their hug in the Avalanche's dressing room during the 2001 Stanley Cup celebration.

    Cal Foote, second from left, is welcomed to the Lightning by GM Steve Yzerman, far left.
  2. Lightning journal: Plans set for 25th anniversary celebration

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — The Lightning revealed some of its plans for its 25th anniversary season Friday, including a ceremony to honor the 2004 Stanley Cup team.

    John Tortorella, in Tampa in 2014 for the 10-year Stanley Cup win party, will return next season for the team’s anniversary event.
  3. Lightning picks defenseman Cal Foote

    Blogs

    Cal Foote is the son of former Avs defenseman Adam Foote.
  4. Kids today: They don't work summer jobs the way they used to

    Business

    WASHINGTON — It was at Oregon's Timberline Lodge, later known as a setting in the horror movie The Shining, where Patrick Doyle earned his first real paycheck.

    Teens Ben Testa, from left, Hannah Waring and Abby McDonough, and Wegmeyer Farms owner Tyler Wegmeyer walk the strawberry rows at the Hamilton, Va., farm in late May.
  5. Jeb Bush back in the hunt for the Marlins, now opposing Derek Jeter

    Blogs

    Associated Press:

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has switched sides in pursuit of the Miami Marlins, and he’s trying to beat out former teammate Derek Jeter.