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Windblown brush fire brought under control

Citrus County firefighters spent Thursday afternoon fighting a 25- to 50-acre brush fire.

The windy conditions didn't help.

Firefighters had the blaze under control by about 5:45 p.m., but it wasn't easy.

Officials said the fire started on Gibraltar Drive, just off West Citrus Springs Boulevard, though they weren't sure just how.

Florida Division of Forestry officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

"Quite honestly, we have such a range on the number of acres because it was so smoky," said county public safety director Charles Poliseno. "It was fanned very heavily by the high winds we had today. That made it burn very rapidly."

Smoke from the fire caused officials to close Deltona Boulevard about 4:40 p.m. Poliseno said he expected the road to be reopened later Thursday evening, with warning signs put into place throughout the night.

Volunteer firefighters from Beverly Hills, Citrus Springs, Hernando County and DeRosa responded to the fire, and so did a Sheriff's Office helicopter and ground units.

"We've got all the hot spots under control," Poliseno said. "Right now, we're just trying to do some heavy mop-up."

_ Staff writer Alex Leary contributed to this report.

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