SANDERSON, Fla. -- A wildfire burning in the Osceola National Forest prompted a travel advisory for drivers. The U.S. Forest Service estimates not much more than 20 acres have burned since something sparked the fire Monday night, but state police issued a smoke warning for drivers near the Baker-Columbia county line.
Florida Highway Patrol issued a travel advisory for the possibility of heavy smoke conditions along I-10 and U.S. 90, but smoke was not an issue on the roads.
U.S. Forest Service firefighters responded quickly and strategically when the first reports of flames came in about 6 p.m. Monday.
Peter Meyer, Fire Management Officer for the Forest Service, told Action News, "We are really hitting it hard. We are mopping it up, putting a lot of water on the ground."
The Forest Service prescribed a small controlled burn near U.S. 90 early Tuesday evening to prevent the wildfire from spreading further in the dry woods.
The fire is burning less than a mile north of U.S. 90 and two miles south of I-10 near the county line. Officials have not determined the cause of the fire.