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Hernando County brush fire burning more than 200 acres

Out of an abundance of caution, Hernando County Parks and Recreation closed a nearby park.

BAYPORT, Fla. — Update:

Florida Forest Service is backburning to create a fire break along Cortez Blvd. Cortez is shut down between Shoal Line Blvd and Pine Island Dr. 

The fire is approximately 225 acres. 

Original story:

Hernando County Parks and Recreation said Tuesday it was closing Pine Island Park because of how close a brush fire was getting. 

Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services were called around 6:38 p.m. Monday for the 185-acre fire located north of Cortez Boulevard and east of Pine Island Drive, according to a news release. 

Upon arrival, crews said the fire was slow-moving and inaccessible to firefighting equipment.

The Florida Department of Forestry reports no structures are in any danger. It's moving southward, creating a large amount of smoke.

People are told to use caution if driving in the area because of reduced visibility.

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