Smoke May Hinder The Ride Home On I-75
The remains of an early afternoon fire could cause visibility issues near State Road 52.
Pasco County Fire Rescue is warning motorists that there is a “high probability” of smoke in the State Road 52 area of Interstate 75.
The smoke is a result of an early afternoon controlled burn in the Darby area of Pasco County that “escalated quickly out of the property owner’s ability to control,” agency officials wrote in a media release.
Fire rescue responded with six brush trucks, six fire engines, two volunteer fire engines and three tankers to get the 125-acre blaze under control. The fire was reported around 12:50 p.m. and was about 90 percent contained by 2:29. The state Division of Forestry began a back burn at 2:49 p.m. to avoid further escalation, the report said.
The fire did spread into a bog area, which is why there is a concern about smoke remaining in the area this afternoon and evening, said Rescue Chief Duncan Hitchcock.
“I don’t anticipate it’s going to be that bad,” he added, but said he still urged caution for drivers heading north on I-75.