PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Forest Service has had a busy week containing a number of wildfires.


What You Need To Know

  •  60-acre wildfire that scorched areas of the Black Rail Trail in the Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park is 100% contained

  •  Another brush fire, that broke out in a residential area of Spring Hill, is 100% contained

  •  Florida Forest Service will continue monitoring both areas for potential flare-ups

On Tuesday, we told you about the 60-acre wildfire that broke out on the Black Rail Trail in the Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park. It is now 100% contained.

And on Wednesday, north of Pasco County, a brush fire broke out in a residential area of Spring Hill in the afternoon. Hernando County Fire Rescue says while this fire is now 100% contained, there is the possibility of a few minor flare ups. That’s why the Florida Forest Service took over and is closely monitoring the scene.

As for the fire in Pasco County, firefighters are sticking around there too.

For many living close to the Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, the Black Rail Trail is an everyday trek.

“This is just a nice change of scenery and lifestyle," said Dave Miller, out on his daily walk.

He’s been calling the area home for a little more than three years. Miller says he moved from the Midwest looking for a little wilderness and recreation. This path has become familiar to him.

But on Tuesday, he had to avoid his favorite path because of a 60-acre wildfire.

“I started catching the second wave of helicopters," he says. "I guess they had to go back and refuel and then they brought a second helicopter and they had planes circling. It was quite a good retirement day.”

From his home just a few blocks away, Miller caught images and video of the helicopters called in to douse the flames.

“The helicopters were dropping water and they headed out a couple of times so those things are hard to contain and I think they did a great job," he said.

While Pasco Fire and Rescue say the wildfire has been contained, the trail remains closed. And until the Florida Forest Service wraps up its cleanup efforts, it’s going to stay that way. In the meantime, outdoor enthusiasts like Miller will be seeking another path.

“Anything I can get, like hiking, I’ll take the trails. I’ll take whatever I can get, yeah.”

Since January 1, Florida Forest Service has seen more than 11,000 wildfires that have burned more than 32,000 acres.