Advisories: Controlled fires may affect travel in Alachua, Suwannee counties

Brush fire
Brush fire
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The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has issued a motorist advisory for an area south of Newberry where authorities are conducting “a prescribed 85-acre burn.”  

The fire is currently active at 22426 SW 46th Avenue, which is within Alachua County. The FHP advisory said the fire may affect visibility for those traveling on SW 46th Avenue in the area of State Road 45 (U.S. 41) throughout the night and into the Thursday morning hours.

FHP encourages all motorists in the area to use caution and anticipate potentially inhibited visibility along the affected roadways.

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“Motorists are reminded to reduce their speed and utilize low beam headlights in order to adapt to changing weather conditions,” the advisory said. 

The FHP in Suwannee County issued a similar alert for for an active, 90-acre controlled burn near Peacock Springs State Recreational Area.

The advisory identified the affected area as near SE 180th Street in the area of State Road 51 and County Road 349.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include the Suwannee County advisory. 

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