Crews battle 600 acre wildfire near Jacksonville, most lanes of I-95 reopen

Published: May. 24, 2019 at 4:14 AM EDT
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As of Friday evening, the now named "Yellow Bluff Fire" was only 55-percent contained as it burned alongside I-95. It started along US-17 and Yellow Bluff Road near Jacksonville, close to the Nassau County line.

Lanes were shutdown for nearly a day as crews fought the fires. They reopened Friday morning. But, the right lane on I-95NB closed down again on Friday afternoon.

For those battling the flames, several factors are impacting their ability to contain the fire.

"With the smoke impacts, that's a huge challenge," said Mike Work with the Florida Forest Service. "Just the terrain itself, dealing with the marsh up on the end. Equipment can't access it. So that's all helicopter we're depending on."

"For full containment on this, it's going to take a while," said Work.

Fire crews hope rain will help knock down some of the flames. However, meteorologists forecast at least seven days more of hot and dry conditions.

In the meantime, the focus is on keeping crews safe.

"The crews are going to be working long hours," said Work. "You have a night shift, day shift so our people stay fresh and alert and be safe while they're working."

Drivers are advised to slowdown on the roadways and use their headlights as conditions may become smoky.

For continued updates on lane closures, check with Florida Forest Service and Florida Highway Patrol on Facebook and Twitter.