I-95 now open in both directions per the Florida Highway Patrol
The Florida Forest Service continues battling a 450-acre wildfire outside Jacksonville, and is encouraging motorists and residents to exercise caution in the area.
Two separate wildfires broke out approximately 48 hours ago off U.S. 17 and Yellow Bluff Road near Jacksonville. The Florida Forest Service has deployed fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, 13 firefighting bulldozer crews, and 29 wildland firefighters to battle the blazes. At this time, the Florida Highway Patrol has reopened I-95 in both directions. However, some lanes are currently closed due to emergency vehicles and personnel, and motorists are strongly encouraged to slow down and maintain awareness, as smoke remains in the area.
As of 12:00 PM ET, the fire is estimated at 450 acres and 30 percent contained; at 5:00 PM yesterday, the fire was 400 acres and 25 percent contained. No structures are threatened at this time.
“These wildfires can build quickly and can be extremely dangerous, so residents in affected areas should continue to follow directions from state and local officials,” said Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried, whose Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services includes the Florida Forest Service. “While the Florida Highway Patrol has reopened I-95, all travelers should closely monitor the media for updates on safety and I-95’s status throughout Memorial Day weekend. We thank our brave Forest Service firefighters for working swiftly to control these wildfires.”