A wildfire is burning in the Yellow Bluff area of Jacksonville’s Northside. Here is the latest information: Saturday 5/25, 7:05 PM: Containment of this fire has been boosted to 60%. The Florida Forest Service in Jacksonville says there are only minimal smoke impacts right now to the highway. Saturday 5/25, 1:10 PM: A small fire is being tended to west of I-95, around where the Yellow Bluff Fire is burning to the east of the highway. Saturday 5/25, 10:15 AM: This fire has burned a little more than 600 acres, and the Florida Forest Service in Jacksonville says containment is 55%. Friday 5/24 9:51 PM: The Yellow Bluff Fire is now said to be 50% contained according to City of Jacksonville’s Emergency Preparedness Division and EOC. At last update, it was only 30% contained. Friday 5/24, 2:10PM: The Yellow Bluff Fire is now 600 acres and still 30% contained, according to the Florida Forest Service in Jacksonville. FFS Jacksonville says they are working to build a box around the fire, with I-95 on the west, US 17 on the east, a dozer line on the south, and a wet line on the north. Until those lines are complete and the fire has burned all fuel within the boundaries, there will continue to be smoke and ash affecting the area. Only one lane of I-95 NB a few miles north of Pecan Park remains closed. All other NB and SB lanes of I-95 are open. Friday 5/24, 12PM: The Florida Forest Service in Jacksonville is calling in more resources to help contain the Yellow Bluff Fire Friday 5/24, 10:30AM: Two lanes of I-95 northbound and all lanes of I-95 southbound are now open. Friday 5/24, 10:30AM: All lanes of I-95 southbound are now open, northbound lanes remain closed. Friday 5/24, 7AM: As a wildfire continues to burn near the Duval-Nassau county line, I-95 has been closed in both directions, between I-295 in northern Duval County to SR-200 in Yulee. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says your detour for I-95 northbound is I-295 east to U.S. 17/Main Street or I-295 west to Lem Turner or New Kings Road. For I-95 southbound, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office suggests SR-200 to U.S. 17. The Florida Forest Service says the Yellowbluff Fire is now more than 450 acres in size and, as of Friday morning, 30% contained.
Four names will be added to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall on Monday in a tribute to the sacrifice they made to the country. The annual Memorial Day observance starts at 8:30 a.m., and people are encouraged to arrive early. Christopher A. Reed of the U.S. Navy; Jimmie Randolph of the U.S. Air Force; Brittney N. Mitchell of the U.S. Army and George W. Woods of the U.S. Marine Corps will forever have their names on the second largest memorial wall in the country. The only one larger is the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. 'These are individuals that are part of our local community that have passed in the service of their country,' says Bill Spann, director of the Military Affairs and Veterans Department for the City of Jacksonville. He says family member of the fallen will get the chance to speak during the ceremony, in what is a touching moment each year. 'It's a way for Jacksonville citizens, before they go to the beach, before they go out and cook hot dogs and enjoy those freedoms, to really remember where those freedoms came from,' says Harrison Conyers, the supervisor of the Military Affairs and Veterans Department. He says there are two big differences this year than in many recent years. Two of the names being added are Vietnam veterans, and they’ll also commemorate D-Day. 'It's not that we forgot them when the wall was originally built,' Conyers says of the Vietnam veterans. 'But their obituaries did not run in Jacksonville.' The remembrance of D-Day is fitting because the 75th anniversary is coming up June 6. Spann says there will be four D-Day veterans in attendance. 'We may not get a chance to honor those individuals on the 80th anniversary,' Spann says. If you've never been to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall, it's located between the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville and TIAA Bank Field. Anyone is welcome to attend.
It's underway all summer. The Blue Star Museums 2019 program has kicked off, allowing the nation's active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, to visit participating museums free of charge. The 2019 program officially started on Saturday, May 18th, which is Armed Forces Day, and will run through Labor Day on Monday, September, 2nd. Locally, military families will be able to visit the following museums free of charge: Jacksonville -Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens -Mandarin Museum & Historical Society -MOCA Jacksonville -Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum Jacksonville Beach -Beaches Museum St. Augustine -Lightner Museum -St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum To find museums outside of Northeast Florida, click HERE. The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums.