Jacksonville, FL - Fire danger remains very high today with the possibility of a few quick-hitting showers. But widespread rainfall is not expected for at least the next week to ten days, and winds out of the east today will likely blow smoke from wildfires to the west.
Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says it won't be as hot overall today, but the heat returns Friday through Memorial Day, with temps soaring to near 100 degrees.
Fire crews are working to put out a 150 acre wildfire off Yellow Bluff Road and U.S. 17 that is only 25% contained. The Florida Forest Service says the fire burned from U.S. 17 west to I-95 but equipment could not access the north and south edges in the marsh. A helicopter is expected to drop water on the fire Thursday, and the Forest Service says they will use a heavy bulldozer to work in fire lines off U.S. 17.
Action News Jax Meteorologist Garrett Bedenbaugh says winds will be blowing from the east today, meaning winds will push smoke across the Interstate. The Florida Highway Patrol says they are actively monitoring conditions in the area and will shut down I-95 if they need to. If that happens, FHP says your best way around the shutdown would be U.S. 17.
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Here’s a look at the smoke from a 150 acre wildfire burning in between Yellow Bluff Road and I-95. That smoke is causing some hazy conditions or your drive on Main St. in the area. @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/yO7esSb5l3— Steven Ponson (@steven_ponson) May 23, 2019
You can see the smoke plume still rising in the air as easterly winds blow it to the west. This wildfire is at least 150 acres close to I-95 along the Duval / Nassau county line. #FirstAlertWX @actionnewsjax 7:08 am pic.twitter.com/9xbuGp5w4y— Garrett Bedenbaugh (@wxgarrett) May 23, 2019
The #YellowBluffFire is estimated at 150 acres and 25% contained. The fire burned from Hwy 17 west to I-95 but equipment could not access the north and south edges in the marsh. A helicopter will be dropping water again tomorrow and a heavy dozer will work fire lines off 17. pic.twitter.com/veK6ldqB1J— FFS_Jacksonville (@FFS_Jax) May 23, 2019
The #YellowBluffFire is bumping I-95 just north MM368. It is still estimated at 100 acres in size and containment remains at 25%. Firefighters are staged on both sides of the interstate pic.twitter.com/9UBdYxtQ7W— FFS_Jacksonville (@FFS_Jax) May 22, 2019
US 17 Wildfires: If closure of I-95 is warranted, the following detour will be established;— FHPJacksonville (@FHPJacksonville) May 23, 2019
I-95 northbound , East on Pecan Park Rd, north on US 17.
I-95 southbound, east on SR 200, south on US 17 pic.twitter.com/Y3kKuMV4Ul