220-acre fire that damaged 3 homes in Hernando County deemed 'suspicious'

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla — A 220-acre fire that damaged at least three homes in Hernando County on Friday has now been deemed suspicious in nature.

The 220-acre fire, named the King Bird Wildfire, is now 100 percent contained. Smoke from within the containment area will continue throughout the night as remaining brush smolders. HCFR units will monitor the area throughout the night and respond to calls of smoke and fire has received.

As a result of observations by HCFR crews who responded, the fire is deemed suspicious in origin. The fire is now currently under investigation by the Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement. The Kingbird Fire began in the area of Kingbird Rd. and Thrasher Ave. at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Three homes have been damaged by the fire.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect(s) involved in this case. Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspect(s) and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call the Hernando County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-990-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online by clicking here or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones and Droids. Crime Stoppers must be contacted first in order to be eligible for a cash reward.

No injuries have been reported.

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