Pasco firefighters hope back burning will help put out wildfires

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Fire and forest officials in Pasco County are hoping to complete a back burn on Wednesday to combat one of two brush fires that broke out earlier this week.

Both fires broke out in remote woods near State Route 52 and Hays Road.

The Campground fire burned 75 acres and is 100 percent contained.

The Silver Palms fire continues to burn 35 acres and is 60 percent contained. Fire and forest officials say they’re having a hard time getting equipment into the area to fight the flames because of the swampy ground.

Fire officials have ruled both fires were caused by lightning.

They’re hoping to widen the line between nearby homes and where the fire is, then let the fire ease its way towards the homes so they can back burn and hopefully get the wildfire to burn out.

County officials say people will not have to evacuate during the back burning, but they have closed Silver Palm Boulevard to traffic off of SR 52 into the Suncoast Lakes subdivision. Anyone who lives in the subdivision is asked to shelter in place and not drive on the main road.

They are also asking homeowners to not spray the woodlands, and to take note of the burn ban put in place by the county on Wednesday.

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