PASCO COUNTY, Fla. -- Firefighters were able to keep two separate wildfires in check overnight Tuesday.
Florida Gov.r Rick Scott issued a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon following the brush fires in hopes of gaining financial resources and mutual aid.
Officials with the Florida Forest Service and Pasco Fire Rescue gave the latest update on the Campground and Silver Palm fires burning in an area north of Land O' Lakes.
The county said that the Suncoast Bike Trail is closed and barricaded south of State Road 52 and north of the Starkey connector.
According to Judy Tear of the FFS, the Campground fire is about 75 acres in size and is contained. Firefighters performed a backburn to keep the fires from continuing to spread. Additional units, including bulldozers and brush trucks will arrive at the scene to assist.
The fire remains under investigation and firefighters are trying to protect surrounding homes. 12 homes may be affected by the fire, which is what authorities are keeping an eye on.
The Pasco County Fire Rescue will be going to the Pasco County Commission Wednesday to present a burn ban for the county.
The Silver Palm Fire has presented a challenge for firefighters as the swampy terrain has made it difficult for them to access the 30-acre fire, according to FFS incident commander John DeWolfe. However, firefighters were able to use higher ground to keep some lines on the fire.
The fire is 25 percent contained, Tear said.
DeWolfe said that the conditions for it to spread further are limited by the swamp-like conditions and DeWolfe said he was confident that the fire can be contained before it reaches homes.
There are no voluntary evacuation orders in place for the two wildfires, but DeWolfe said that residents with respiratory issues are advised to monitor conditions.
Pasco Emergency Services Director Kevin Guthrie said that a burn ban is in the works for the county and will be presented to the board of the county commission on Wednesday.
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