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Large brush fire in Lithia area contained Monday night

The fire spread over nearly 100 acres near the Balm Boyette Nature Preserve, fire rescue officials said.
A brush fire in Lithia that spread over 100 acres was mostly contained Monday night, according to fire rescue officials.
A brush fire in Lithia that spread over 100 acres was mostly contained Monday night, according to fire rescue officials. [ Luis Santana | TIMES ]
Published May 18, 2021|Updated May 18, 2021

A large brush fire in Hillsborough County threatened power lines and nearby homes Monday night, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

The fire was burning in the Lithia area west of Balm Riverview Road, according to the agency. Fire rescue was tackling the fire with help from the Florida Forest Service. By 8:30 p.m., the fire had been mostly contained and officials were focusing on just a few remaining hotspots, according to spokesperson Eric Seidel.

Any early estimation of the fire’s expanse was 30 acres, but Seidel said nearly 100 acres in total was burned, though not all at the same time. There were several smaller fires that spread through the trees close to Balm Boyette Nature Preserve.

The fire burned near a power line and one structure in the area. Seidel said he did not know if the structure was a home. Fire rescue officials also kept a close watch on a neighborhood to the west of the fire, fearful that the east-blowing wind would spread it, he said.

No one was injured in the fire and no property was damaged, Seidel said.

Balm Riverview Road was closed near the nature preserve Monday night, and fire rescue officials said to avoid the area.

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