NEW PORT RICHEY — As much of Pasco County filled with smoke Thursday afternoon, fire rescue dispatchers soothed callers' worries. There is a fire, authorities said, but not here.
The smoke was drifting down from a large brush fire in Sumter County, which borders northeast Pasco, said Pasco County Fire Rescue Chief Scott Cassin. Firefighters saw a column of smoke rise in that direction around 2 p.m. Winds from that direction dispersed the smoke in a southward swath. Fire Rescue got calls from New Port Richey to Land O'Lakes about the smoke.
Cassin said he didn't expect the smoke to become thick enough to affect driving conditions.