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Jacksonville wildfire rages, I-95 back open

The fire is encroaching the interstate.

Dry, hot conditions have spawned a number of brush fires in Northeast Florida, but one in particular may impact Memorial Day weekend travel.

The 450-acre Yellow Bluff Fire in northern Duval County had motorists seeing red: northbound and southbound detours were in place on Interstate 95 Thursday, but have since been removed.

Earlier this week, two wildfires began to blaze off U.S. 17 and Yellow Bluff Road near Jacksonville. Easterly winds were spreading the fire, which is still just 30 percent contained.

“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.”

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