Controlled burns could cause smoky conditions on several roads


Published: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 6:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 6:26 p.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Forest Service are advising motorists to drive cautiously on certain roads in Alachua County, Levy County and near the Columbia/Suwannee County line due to prescribed burns that could create hazardous driving conditions.

Prescribed burns are being conducted in Levy County at State Road 121 and U.S. 19. FHP is monitoring road conditions in the area of SR 121, U.S. 19 and County Road 337 through the weekend.

In Alachua County, FHP is monitoring the area of County Road 234 and U.S. 441. Near the Columbia/Suwannee County line, FHP is also monitoring the roadways near County Road 250 because of a controlled burn south of Interstate 10.

Ludie Bond, wildfire mitigation specialist with the Florida Forest Service, said that, although they don’t anticipate any major issues, it has been somewhat dry and drivers should always be cautious.

FHP Sgt. Tracy Hisler-Pace advises motorists to use good judgment and be prepared in case visibility changes quickly. FHP advises drivers to reduce their speed and use headlights on low beam if they are traveling in low-visibility areas.

The National Weather Service said it does not anticipate dense fog, just some patches around the area.

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