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Brush fires sweep across Hernando and Hillsborough

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HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

People living in the Glen Lakes subdivision were back in their homes Friday night following a voluntary evacuation after a huge brush fire got out of control in Hernando County.

The Florida Division of Forestry was conducting a controlled burn of two hundred acres Friday afternoon in Hernando Country when the flames got away from them and ended up burning 600 acres.

At one point, the fire came close to several homes before firefighters fought it back.

Tommy White lives nearby and noticed something wasn't right this afternoon.

"I didn't see it coming I mean I opened my front door and it is nothing but haze, you can't see like fifteen feet in front of you, it is pretty wild," White said.

Even though the fire charred hundreds of acres, it didn't reach any home or property and no one was hurt.

Still, all the smoke has caused some concern for people who live in the area.

Hernando County resident Dan Vogt said, "I am not accustom to this, but I am sure its going to be under control. it is not real close, it is just smoky by my house, so it has to be a big burn somewhere, I am glad it is not in my front yard."

Another brush fire in southern Hillsborough County also threatened several homes in the Fish Hawk Ranch subdivision.

But quick action by firefighters helped prevent it from spreading.

Ronnie Rivera with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue says, "they decided to call a for second alarm to get additional resources to be able to attack this fire in every direction, we were able to do that, we had a lot of personnel arrive on the scene as well as Forestry and we were able to attack this fire before it got to the homes."

Unlike the Hernando County fire, the Hillsborough County one is believed to have started from teenagers playing with fireworks.

Fire officials say with our dry conditions everyone has to use caution.

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