Florida Forest Service - Withlacoochee Forestry Center

Florida Forest Service - Withlacoochee Forestry Center The Withlacoochee Forestry Center includes Citrus, Hernando, Sumter, Pasco and Lake County. It includes the Withlacoochee State Forest and the Seminole State Forest.

The forest is divided into several distinct tracks of land.

Mission: The mission of the Florida Forest Service is to protect Florida and its people from the dangers of wildland fire and manage the forest resources through a stewardship ethic to assure they are available for future generations.

Operating as usual

For more information on how to prevent wildfires please visit our web page at:http://bit.ly/2AOCMG7Florida Forest Servic...
10/09/2020

For more information on how to prevent wildfires please visit our web page at:http://bit.ly/2AOCMG7
Florida Forest Service

10/08/2020
Lessons from History: The Chicago Fire of 1871

Lessons from History: The Chicago Fire of 1871

Listen as Casey Grant from the National Fire Protection Association and best-selling author Lauren Tarshsis of the ‘I Survived’ book series talk about the le...

Meet our Florida Forest Service Withlacoochee District Pilot, Francis Neeley. The plane is a single engine, Cessna 182T ...
10/06/2020

Meet our Florida Forest Service Withlacoochee District Pilot, Francis Neeley. The plane is a single engine, Cessna 182T (four seater) with a Garmin G-1000/ glass cockpit. Francis flies our district and other districts, upon request, to check for fire activity. During a Wildfire he provides valuable data to our Wildland Firefighters on the ground. When we are flying an active wildfire drones are not allowed to fly. If a drone is in the air we have to land our aircraft.

Brotherhood Ride
10/05/2020

Brotherhood Ride

Day 5 - today is dedicated to:
Senior Forest Ranger David Anken
Lieutenant Michael Drake
Firefighter Emilio Rivera

Thank you to the Eustis Elks Lodge 1578 for their generous hospitality! The Elks prepared a delicious spaghetti dinner and for breakfast made eggs, french toast and bacon. Temps this morning were in the low 70’s and overcast. We are looking at a 70 mile ride today. Thanks again to all our sponsors and supporters!
#NeverForget
#BrotherhoodRide #BHR
#ElksCareElksShare

The Brotherhood Ride stopped this morning to honor Sr Forest Ranger David Anken.
10/05/2020

The Brotherhood Ride stopped this morning to honor Sr Forest Ranger David Anken.

This morning we stopped at the Paisley Forestry Site to pay our respects to Senior Forest Ranger David Anken from Florida Forest Service. We had the honor of meeting with his family and co-workers. #NeverForget

Here are some before and after pictures of the lightning caused #Marsh Wildfire in Hernando this past August. This is  a...
10/02/2020

Here are some before and after pictures of the lightning caused #Marsh Wildfire in Hernando this past August. This is approximately 6 weeks of growth. The pictures are thanks to our friend and resident Chuck Morton. 👏😊🔥🚜
Florida Forest Service Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services

Florida Forest Service will be conducting a 640 acre #prescribedfire in the Citrus Tract today for hazardous fuel reduct...
10/02/2020

Florida Forest Service will be conducting a 640 acre #prescribedfire in the Citrus Tract today for hazardous fuel reduction. The #goodfire is near Forest Roads 15 ,13 , 6 & 8; Five miles N of Tillis Hill, 1.5 mile S of SR 44, and 1.5 miles E of 491. http://bit.ly/35ilhep
Citrus County Sheriff's Office Citrus County Citrus County Fire Rescue

Florida Forest Service will be conducting a 250 acre #prescribedfire today in the Citrus Tract along trails 13,14,15,16....
09/24/2020

Florida Forest Service will be conducting a 250 acre #prescribedfire today in the Citrus Tract along trails 13,14,15,16. The #goodfire will be conducted to reduce hazardous fuels that could lead to catastrophic wildfires.

Florida Forest Service will be conducting a 15 acre #prescribedfire in Crystal River today near ELMTREE AVE and BLUE BEL...
09/24/2020

Florida Forest Service will be conducting a 15 acre #prescribedfire in Crystal River today near ELMTREE AVE and BLUE BELL DR. This #goodfire will be conducted as a landowner mitigation burn.

09/18/2020
Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

🌀Update from our Florida Forest Service Incident Management Team🌀 Florida Task Force 5 is pushing through heavy water from Hurricane #Sally at Innerarity Point in Escambia County. Many downed trees and flooding of low elevation homes on the bay. Remain away from I-10 at this time.

Spectrum Bay News 9
09/18/2020

Spectrum Bay News 9

This is Deputy Chief John Kern of the @FLForestService. He's been fighting wildfires for 30 years. Now's he's on the front line in California, risking everything to save lives, homes and businesses. Here's his heroic story ▶️ http://specne.ws/gbJSSw

Great Information
09/18/2020

Great Information

Forest Fact Friday......
The Florida Forest Service manages 37 State forests covering 1,154,860 acres statewide. The Florida Forest Service has guided the operation of state forests for more than 80 years. It is our primary mission to protect and maintain the forests' biological diversity while integrating public use of the resources. Florida’s more than 1 million acres of state forest land are home to many species of wildlife. Roads, trails, boardwalks and wildlife viewing blinds offer visitors ample opportunity to experience the wilder side of the forests. Take a hike, paddle or camp at a forest to witness some of the activity. Looking for something to do this weekend? Visit https://www.fdacs.gov/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/State-Forest-Recreation/10-Things-to-Do-on-Florida-State-Forests. ENJOY YOUR VISIT!

Florida Forest Service is assisting Hernando County Government with a 110 acre #prescribedfire at the Lake Townsen Park....
08/24/2020

Florida Forest Service is assisting Hernando County Government with a 110 acre #prescribedfire at the Lake Townsen Park. The #goodfire is near Lake Lindsey Rd & Daly Rd. Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services

Florida Forest Service has 100% containment on the lightning caused #MarshWildfire. Remember Florida has wildfires all y...
08/18/2020

Florida Forest Service has 100% containment on the lightning caused #MarshWildfire.
Remember Florida has wildfires all year long. Make sure you have a Wildfire Plan.https://bit.ly/2UXFa80
Thanks again to Chuck Morton for the great photo's!😊
Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services Hernando County Sheriff's Office Hernando County Government

Meeting the People that Manage the Withlacoochee State Forest: The Voice on the Radio | Hernando Sun
08/14/2020
Meeting the People that Manage the Withlacoochee State Forest: The Voice on the Radio | Hernando Sun

Meeting the People that Manage the Withlacoochee State Forest: The Voice on the Radio | Hernando Sun

As a continuation of the series of articles on Meeting the People that Manage the Withlacoochee State Forest, I would like to introduce you to Sarah Stewart who is currently a Duty Officer with the Florida Forest Service. “I am a fire dispatcher. We handle all the burn authorizations for the five-...

Relying on Each Other | Hernando Sun
08/14/2020
Relying on Each Other | Hernando Sun

Relying on Each Other | Hernando Sun

Brooksville, Fla.-- The Withlacoochee Forestry Center has many positions. One facet of any job is the ability to rely on each other. Gerri Velazquez, Facility Maintenance Administrator, and Cherie Plourde, Road Crew Staff, are great examples.

Meeting the People that Manage the Withlacoochee State Forest | Forestry Supervisor | Hernando Sun
08/14/2020
Meeting the People that Manage the Withlacoochee State Forest | Forestry Supervisor | Hernando Sun

Meeting the People that Manage the Withlacoochee State Forest | Forestry Supervisor | Hernando Sun

The Withlacoochee State Forest is 164,073 acres of pure Florida nature. Sandhill habitats to luscious swamps deep within the heart of the forest which spreads through sections of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Pasco, and Sumter counties. This forest is home to thousands of wildlife and plant species as wel...

Wildfire Update #MarshWildfire 🔥 Florida Forest Service flew their plane & drone over the fire today. Due to better mapp...
08/13/2020

Wildfire Update #MarshWildfire 🔥 Florida Forest Service flew their plane & drone over the fire today. Due to better mapping the fire is 503 acres and 85% contained. Wildland Firefighters will monitor the fire until it is out. Hernando County Government Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services Hernando County Sheriff's Office

Wildfire Update #MarshWidlfire: Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters monitored the fire today. Our plane flew th...
08/12/2020

Wildfire Update #MarshWidlfire: Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters monitored the fire today. Our plane flew the area looking for hot spots. The fire did receive some rain. The acreage is still 300 acres with 60% containment. Weather permitting, tomorrow we will fly it to get an update on acreage and containment.
Many thanks to Chuck Morton for the photos below.

08/12/2020

Florida Forest Service is working the #MarshWildfire this morning with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, they were able to fly their drone over the fire. As of this morning the fire is 300 acres and 60% contained. Wildland firefighters will be on scene through out the day.

08/12/2020

Florida Forest Service burn out operations on the #MarshWildfire in Hernando County. Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services

Florida Forest Service #MarshWildfire Update: The fire is currently approximately 235 acres & 40% contained, the cause i...
08/12/2020

Florida Forest Service #MarshWildfire Update: The fire is currently approximately 235 acres & 40% contained, the cause is lightning. There is smoke in the area, use caution when driving. Hernando County Sheriff's Office Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services Hernando County Government

#MarshWildfire Update:  There is a lot of smoke in the area of Pine Island due to the continued wildfire operation. Flor...
08/12/2020

#MarshWildfire Update: There is a lot of smoke in the area of Pine Island due to the continued wildfire operation.
Florida Forest Service is in Unified Command with
Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services. Expect smoke in the area for the next couple of days. Crews will will working to contain the fire through tomorrow.

08/11/2020

Wildfire Update: #MarshWildfire Hernando County. Florida Forest Service has dropped 65 buckets of water to impede forward movement. They are conducting a burn out operation (Setting fire inside a control line to widen it or consume fuel between the edge of the fire and the control line) to assist in controlling the fire. Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services Hernando County Government

08/11/2020

A video from the #MarshWildfire in Hernando County of Florida Forest Service collecting water for a water drop. https://bit.ly/33O0TEi

08/11/2020

Florida Forest Service making a water drop on the #MarshWildfire in Hernando County. Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services Hernando County Government Hernando County Sherrif's Dept

Florida Forest Service is currently working the #MarshWildfire in Hernando County Government. It is 25% contained and 22...
08/11/2020

Florida Forest Service is currently working the #MarshWildfire in Hernando County Government. It is 25% contained and 225 acres. No homes are threatened at this time. Aircraft are in the air, NO DRONES PLEASE!
Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services Hernando County Sheriff's Office https://bit.ly/33O0TEi

The #KelsoWildfire in Hernando County is now 100% contained, 1 acre, caused by lightning. Florida Forest Service Hernand...
08/11/2020

The #KelsoWildfire in Hernando County is now 100% contained, 1 acre, caused by lightning. Florida Forest Service Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services Hernando County Sheriff's Office Hernando County Government

Florida Forest Service Wildland Firefighter, Keith Holmes is currently flying the #MarshWildfire to get a better size up...
08/11/2020

Florida Forest Service Wildland Firefighter, Keith Holmes is currently flying the #MarshWildfire to get a better size up of acreage. No homes are threatened at this time and the fire is 35% contained.

08/11/2020

The #MarshWildfire is 35% contained and Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters are currently flying the fire to get a better size-up. Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services Hernando County Sheriff's Office Hernando County Government

Florida Forest Service is currently working a 2 acre #KelsoWildfire in Hernando Co, Kelso St and US19. No homes are thre...
08/11/2020

Florida Forest Service is currently working a 2 acre #KelsoWildfire in Hernando Co, Kelso St and US19. No homes are threatened at this time. The cause of this wildfire is lightning. Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services Hernando County Government Hernando County Sheriff's Office

Florida Forest Service is currently working 3 wildfires,40 acres, in the Citrus Tract along trails 11 a & b. The fires a...
08/11/2020

Florida Forest Service is currently working 3 wildfires,40 acres, in the Citrus Tract along trails 11 a & b. The fires are 90% contained and were caused by lightning. Crews remain in the area, please be cautious of our heavy equipment.
Citrus County Fire Rescue Citrus County Citrus County Sheriff's Office

08/11/2020
Marsh Wildfire Hernando Co

A video taken this morning by Florida Forest Service of the Marsh Wildfire off the west coast of Hernando CO. The cause of this fire is lightning.

Florida Forest Service is currently working a 185 acre wildfire the Marsh Wildfire in Hernando County, west of Pine Isla...
08/11/2020

Florida Forest Service is currently working a 185 acre wildfire the Marsh Wildfire in Hernando County, west of Pine Island Dr. No homes are threatened at this time.
Hernando County, Florida Community Hernando County Sheriff's Office Hernando County Government Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services

Florida Forest Service wishes Smokey Bear a happy 76th birthday. What a great party we had last year at Pasco Safety Tow...
08/09/2020

Florida Forest Service wishes Smokey Bear a happy 76th birthday. What a great party we had last year at Pasco Safety Town! #onlyyou🚜❤️👏

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Do you have any career openings available? Im very interested in becoming part of the team
How do we go about getting new Croom permits? (CMA) I've heard something about ordering them online? Curious minds want to know :-)
Beginning May 8, 2020, the Florida Forest Service is reopening most campgrounds, primitive campsites and trailheads located on state forests while continuing to follow CDC guidelines during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. View the complete list of open and closed recreation areas [ pdf 41.5 kB ] . Campsite reservations must be made online at FloridaStateForests.ReserveAmerica.com or by calling 1-877-879-3859.
Open Croom Motorcycle Park
Please open Croom Motorcycle Area.. Beaches are open Parks are open Golf courses are open WHY NOT CROOM???
Even though we are on a burn ban currently can we pay for a controlled burn on our property?
Can you tell me if there is a fire ban in the area. I have a neighbor who is burning in his backyard on the ground with houses close by and a woods behind.
What is with the blanket of smoke covering Pasco county on the east side near 75 and 52. Do you realize this is an extreme pollen drop where it’s causing asthma for many of our residence and the smoke is not helping that
When can we ride again?
Kudos to whoever did trail maintenance/clean up on the River Trail from the Ridge Manor Trailhead to Crooked River Campground this past week. The trails were absolutely beautiful today.
Florida Forest Service will be conducting a 350 acre #Prescribedfire in Richloam Saturday February 22 2020 for hazardous fuel reduction. The #goodfire will be 2 miles S of SR 50 and along the Little Withlacoochee River, N of North Carter Pond Rd and W of SR 471. http://bit.ly/35ilhep
Are they still planning a burn at Highbluff rd. And Lacoochee park rd.?