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Pasco brush fire expected to cause smoke hazard for drivers

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PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

A brush fire that started at about 4 p.m. on Monday flared up Tuesday afternoon.  Latest reports indicate that the blaze has now burned approximately 200 acres.  Firefighters are attempting to gain control of the blaze by targeting the fire's hotspots. However, swamp areas have hampered firefighters from bringing in equipment to fight the fire. 

Investigators say someone cut the lock off a gate to a water management district facility and started the fire.  However, the fire has yet to be classified as arson.  Many concerned homeowners in the area continue to watch the fire.

The fire continues to produce a significant amount of smoke. Florida Highway Patrol has urged drivers to exercise caution when in the area.

Eagle 8 Pilot/reporter Judd Chapin says smoke has reached the Suncoast Parkway, and could cause visibility problems throughout the evening.

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