Dangerous Driving Conditions Due to Fire
The Marion County wildfire burning in the Ocala National Forest has been contained after a 300 acre back burn performed Tuesday. Marion County Fire Rescue reports that no homes are in immediate danger, but smoke from the fire is expected to create dangerous driving conditions. All roads are open, but anyone traveling along State Road 40 and County Road 314A up to County Road 314 is advised to use extreme caution. The smoke will be especially thick in the hours to come.
Forestry Spokesperson Ludie Bond tells WCJB the fire was 60 acres and is now at least 300 acres due to backfires that were set by firefighters. These are designed to keep the more than 30 homes in that area from burning. The homes surround a dry lake bed that is acting as fuel for the fire. That area includes Lake Bryant Shores subdivision on the south side of the fire and homes along SE 27th Place Road and 21st Place Road.
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