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Hazardous Driving Conditions Expected from Brush Fire

5:42 AM, Apr 9, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A wildfire near the Georgia border has blossomed to 11,701 acres and is creating hazardous conditions from Gainesville to downtown Jacksonville.

Kurt Wisner with the Florida Forestry Service says "hazardous driving conditions are expected" for most of the First Coast starting tonight through at least Monday night.

He says the fire is located inside Osceola National Forest and no structures are in danger. However, if winds shift later in the week, Wisner said "potentially we could be looking at a fire far larger than it is now."

Sunday night, the Florida Highway Patrol issued an alert saying smoke from the fire is affecting visibility on all roadways in Alachua County, especially on Interstate-75. That was the location of a crash in January that killed 10 people.

Wisner said 140 people are assigned to the fire, including nine engines, 11 tractors, four excavators and four helicopters. An air tanker is on standby in Lake City.

First Coast News

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