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Pasco Firefighters Battle Blaze in Starkey Park

Pasco Fire | Starkey Park | Brush Fire

Pasco firefighters say the 110-acre brush fire is 100 percent contained.

NEW PORT RICHEY – Firefighters are battling a brush fire that has closed Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue.

The blaze began Friday (May 15) morning. When firefighters first came on scene, they reported the fire involved about eight acres of the 8,300-acre park. The fire spread throughout the day, causing firefighters to close the park. By 8:35 p.m., the fire involved about 110 acres but was 100 percent contained.

The park, 10500 Wilderness Road in New Port Richey, is a cooperative venture between the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Pasco County Parks and Recreation. The park consists of a kiosk, open space, camping area, horse corral and equestrian trail, nature and multi-purpose trails, day use area, shelters and pavilions, playgrounds, horseshoe and volleyball courts. The birding trail was designated by the Audubon Society and 177 species of birds have been reported.

The park has a multi-purpose trail consisting of 7.3 miles of paved surface for bike riding, roller blading, jogging or walking and it connects to the Suncoast Trail (42 miles) which runs along the west side of the Suncoast Parkway and stretches across Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties with eight trailheads in Pasco County. There is a 10 mile equestrian trail and 13 miles of hiking trails.

PHOTO IS A SCREEN CAPTURE FROM A VIDEO TAKEN BY PASCO COUNTY FIRE RESCUE.

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