Controlled burn gets out of control in Cedar Key Scrub

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By Kellie Parkin

What began as a prescribed fire Thursday morning in the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve became a wildfire around noon when unpredictable weather conditions caused fire specialists to lose control, according to Senior Forestry Ranger Jerry Horton.

The wildfire was approximately 150 acres as of 6 p.m., Horton said.

Crews from Cedar Key, Rosewood, Chiefland and Bronson fire departments were on hand to fight the blaze with the Division of Forestry and the DEP Florida Parks Service. The Levy County Sheriff's Office, Levy County EMS and Williston Fire Department were also on scene. 

“We had it under control until the sea breeze kicked in about 3 o’clock,” he said. “It made it bigger and pushed it back toward the road (CR 347).”

No residences have been damaged and only a couple of homes have been evacuated as a precaution, Horton said.

He said crews planned to have it contained by nightfall.  

More details on this story can be found in the May 7 Chiefland Citizen.