JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — MAY 24, 10:53 A.M. UPDATE: I-95 northbound has reopened following closures Thursday afternoon due to the wildfire.
MAY 24, 10:36 A.M. UPDATE: I-95 southbound has opened.
MAY 24, 10:09 A.M. UPDATE: I-95 southbound will open for drivers in about five minutes and I-95 northbound will follow soon, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
MAY 24, 5:30 A.M. UPDATE:
As of Friday morning, traffic on I-95 is currently being detoured in both directions due to the massive Yellowbluff fire.
I-95 northbound traffic is shutdown at the I-295 north interchange.
Drivers have the option to take the east or west beltway.
Southbound I-95 traffic in Nassau County is being pushed off the interstate at State Road 200 -- the Yulee/Callahan exit.
US 17 is the main alternate route for both detours.
NASSAU COUNTY: Due to severe traffic in Yulee, school buses serving Highway 17 and adjoining streets will experience one hour delays in bus pickup times.
According to FFS Jax wildfire mitigation specialist Annaleasa Winter, there is no estimate on when the smoke will clear and when I-95 will reopen. The fire is approximately 30% contained and will likely be weeks before 100% since there is no rain in forecast for a week or more.
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