BUNNELL, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol is asking drivers to be careful driving in Flagler County due to a mulch fire that burned near Bunnell Monday night.
The fire, which started when a nine acre pile of mulch, stumps and other debris caught on fire, was reported at 9 p.m. Monday at 443 County Road 304 west of U.S. 1.
According to school officials, the smoke combined with fog made it difficult for Flagler Palm Coast High School students to make it safely inside the high school on Tuesday morning.
Flagler County Fire and Rescue Chief Don Petito estimated the pile to be approximately 70 feet high.
FHP is monitoring the fire, which is expected to continue to burn and produce heavy smoke for several weeks.
The monitored area is a 9-acre section near US-1 and CR 304, and SR 100 between US-1 and I-95. The dense smoke along with the fog also affected travel in the southern areas of Palm Coast, according to FHP.
Visibility may deteriorate quickly due to smoke/fog type conditions especially during the night time and early morning hours so FHP advises motorists to reduce their speed and utilize low beam headlights in order to adapt to changing weather conditions.
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