MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A 15-mile stretch of State Road 19 in Marion County was shut down Wednesday due to a large brush fire, according to the sheriff’s office.
The roadway was closed that afternoon between County Road 314 and State Road 40, Marion deputies and the Florida Department of Transportation said in statements.
A sheriff’s office spokesperson said authorities were concerned about the effect that wind could have on the fire as it approached SR-19 from the west.
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Drivers headed north on SR-19 were advised to take SR-40 west to CR-314 north toward Salt Springs before re-entering SR-19. Those traveling south on SR-19 were advised to take CR-314 south out of Salt Springs to SR-40 east before re-entering SR-19.
Florida Highway Patrol Troopers asked those in the area to generally watch their speed and avoid using hi-beam headlights while driving through smoke.
No other details were shared nor updates given.
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