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Pasco Fire Rescue wrapping up brush fire in Hudson, utilities restore electricity to customers

Posted at 4:21 PM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-06 04:13:13-05

UPDATE | The 50-acre brush fire in Hudson is about 100% contained, a Florida Forest Service spokeswoman said Saturday.

"It's looking good" and about wrapped up, said Judy Tear, wildlife mitigation specialist at the Florida Forest Service, referring to the fire that burned forest land in West Pasco County. 

ORIGINAL STORY |  Pasco County Fire Rescue is working a brush fire in Hudson.

The fire is 50 acres and in the area of Old Dixie Hwy. and Gulf Way. 

"Very scary because when you've got things you have to do and you know the flames are coming up the street," said Nancy Connelly. 

Fire officials warned residents within a three mile radius to evacuate. 

"It's pretty horrifying," said John Bean, who lives in the Sea Pines subdivision. "You know, because we're just 40, 50 feet from the wood line and it doesn't take much for everything to turn into an inferno."

Pasco County Sheriff's deputies blocked the entrance to Sea Pines, separating worried families for a couple hours Friday. 

"They wouldn't let any of our neighbors in to come down and get their things, or even get to their loved ones who were in their houses panicking," said one neighbor. 

The brush fire burned through utility poles, forcing electrical crews to cut the power to more than 400 homes, which is expected to last until midnight. 

"Say my prayers and hope for the best," said Bean. 

Fire crews on scene had the brush fire 90% contained Friday night. 

Pasco Co. Fire Chief Shawn Whited says they expect to know information about what potentially caused the brush fire Saturday. 

 

 

 

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