The traffic backups caused by the wildfire also took a toll on gas stations in the area.
One BP station in Nassau County said it ran out of regular gas for nearly five hours.
Kaelynn Hixon, who is a cashier at the BP on U.S. 17, said she’s never seen her little Yulee gas station so busy.
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“People just kind of pass us by. We’re a small town,” said Hixon.
She said there has been nonstop foot traffic at the store since 2 p.m. on Thursday and this morning workers didn’t expect to run out of regular gas or basic supplies.
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“We ran out of toilet paper, paper towels, cigarettes. We ran out of bread last night. We’re making tons and tons of pizzas, cleaning the bathrooms every hour and it’s been crazy. It’s been nonstop,” said Hixon.
The first thing drivers noticed when they pulled up was neon-colored stickers on each pump to let drivers know the station was out of regular gas and they’d have to fill up with premium.
“I’m just surprised,” one driver said.
“I’m lucky they had any gas,” said another driver, who was on the way to the airport.
Hixson said the station normally sells about 1,500 gallons of gas a day but sold over 5,000 gallons of gas in 24 hours yesterday.
Around noon, a tanker showed up to help refuel the gas station with regular gas.
“It’s never been this crazy, even, like, with hurricane season,” said Hixon.
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