Weeki Wachee brushfire under control, but still too close for comfort

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Weeki Wachee, Florida - Bright yellow flames are not at all what people living in the Glen Lakes subdivision want to see so close to where they live.

Suzi Hosfeld and her husband joined several of their neighbors Friday night to watch firefighters protect their street. 

"Well our cars are packed. They told us this afternoon to pack and be ready to leave- so we're still ready to leave," says Hosfeld.

See also: Hernando County 'controlled burn' back under control

Hernando County firefighters are setting a fire close to homes to burn away any brush so the flames from today's control burn, won't have any fuel to spread.

But some question why the Florida Fish and Wildlife commission was burning on the Easter holiday anyway. 

Vince and Barbara Ferrarro brought up that concern.  

"There are so many people here with relatives visiting and other people, and to put us through this on a holiday weekend..." says Vince.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission started the fire on their land which is a nearby preserve. They say it was a 200 acre controlled burn, when one floating burning ember started a fire outside the original fire line. 

The blaze grew to 550 acres and Friday night, it was too close for comfort for dozens of residents.

10 News watched two people leave the neighborhood with their cars backseats packed with belongings.

"It was a control burn this afternoon that got out of control, and this is a controlled burn, and we're not sure if this is going to stay in control," says Hosfeld.

Hernando County Firefighters are going to stay in the neighborhood throughout the night and into the early morning hours to monitor the fire and then around 9 a.m. the Division of Forestry will take over to make sure the controlled burn does not flare up again and threaten homes.

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