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Fire Closes Brooker Creek Preserve

Brooker Creek Preserve | PInellas County | Parks

Florida Forest Service crews on the scene say the fire is currently 70-percent contained and does not appear to threaten any structures at this time.

TARPON SPRINGS – Pinellas County has closed Brooker Creek Preserve and is monitoring air quality in the Tarpon Springs and East Lake communities after a wildfire started in a swampy area of the preserve located at 3940 Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs.

Florida Forest Service crews on the scene say the fire is currently 70-percent contained and does not appear to threaten any structures at this time. Brooker Creek will remain closed until further notice as the fire has impacted some of the trails on the preserve.

Forest Service officials say the fire is slow moving in a remote area. Smoke is visible in the surrounding areas as efforts continue to extinguish the fire. Pinellas County’s Air Quality division will issue an advisory to residents if conditions deteriorate from the current “moderate” range.

At approximately 8,700 acres, Brooker Creek Preserve is a significant conservation area in the northeastern corner of Pinellas County, where the management of its natural resources (including the protection of its potable water supply) is a priority. It is owned by Pinellas County government and Southwest Florida Water Management District and is managed by Parks and Conservation Resources.

Photo of Brooker Creek Preserve courtesy of Pinellas County.

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