Brush fire rages on in Hernando County

400-acre brush fire in Richloam Wildlife area
Posted at 4:54 AM, Apr 17, 2017

Crews continue to battle a brush fire in Hernando County that may affect your morning commute. 

The fire is in the Richloam Wildlife Area and covers 1,757 acres. 

Helicopters have been dumping more than 85 bucket loads of water over the fire to try and bring it under control. Each bucket carries approximately 325 gallons of water. 

Hernando Fire Rescue says the fire started on Center Grade Road. If you travel in this area, officials are asking you to avoid the area. Thick smoke is causing poor visibility. 

The lines around the fire are 20% contained.

If you find yourself driving in an area affected by dense smoke, drive slowly and turn on your low beams.