HCFR UPDATE @ 21:30, 3/2/18:
Kingbird Fire is Currently 100% Contained. Has Been Deemed Suspicious and is Under Investigation.
(Brooksville, FL) The efforts of Hernando County Fire Rescue (HCFR), The Florida Forest Service and Citrus County Fire Rescue have brought the Kingbird Fire under control and is currently 100% 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 2:30p.m.
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.
Reports are coming in of a large fast moving fire west of Suncoast and North of Centralia Rd with multiple residences in flames. The home at 10102 Pomp Parkway is fully engulfed. Fire is heading towards the Suncoast Parkway. Responding units have not yet been able to control the fire and keep running out of water.
Details from the Hernando County Fire Rescue:
"Fire Crews are Currently Engaged in fighting a 220 Acre Brush Fire with Structures in Danger.
"(Brooksville, FL) at approximately 14:30 this afternoon Hernando County Fire Rescue responded to a reported brush fire in the area Kingbird Rd, a rural residential area of Hernando County. The fire is named the Kingbird Fire. The fire is currently reported 50% contained.
"The first arriving fire engine on scene reported approximately 3 acres on fire with windy conditions. Additional HCFR units were requested as well as the Florida Forest Service. During firefighting operations, two homes have been reported on fire, crews are currently working to extinguish. Several other homes in the area are being threatened. Coordinated efforts are under way to protect the additional homes. Mutual aid from Citrus County Fire Rescue is on scene. One family did self-evacuate their home. No evacuations have been ordered at this time. There are no reports of injuries to civilians or responders at this time.
"HCFR currently has 5 fire engines, 2 water tankers, 5 brush units, 1 rescue, 2 battalion chiefs and 3 administrative chiefs. The Florida Forest Service has 9 bulldozers, 3 engines, 3 field officers and 1 spotter airplane in the area. CCFR has 1 fire engine and 1 water tanker on scene. HCFR is requesting that people avoid the area due to smoke and fire conditions causing limited visibility."