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Brush Fire Closes Starkey Park In Pasco County

Smoke from Pasco brush fire
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The Florida Forest Service reports the fire at Starkey Park has grown to an estimated 30 acres, more than double in size from earlier Friday.

Starkey Park in Pasco County is closed Friday due to a brush fire.

The Florida Forest Service reports the fire that has grown to an estimated 75 acres, almost ten times the size of inital reports earlier Friday.

Forest Service firefighters have set additional controlled fires to try to bring the fire under control.

Pasco County Fire Rescue crews on scene say light smoke has formed along Starkey Boulevard, with reports of ash falling in nearby neighborhoods.  Motorists are urged to use caution.

No homes are in danger, fire officials said.

Other large fires have been causing problems for more than a week in Florida's panhandle, and in Collier County, where Alligator Alley was shut down on Thursday. It has since reopened.

On Thursday, a group of Pasco firefighters deployed to Collier with crews from Hernando County, Lakeland, Sumter County, and the Villages to help with firefighting operations.

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