WHEN: Beginning in the evening hours of Friday, November 12, and continuing through next week and possibly longer.
WHERE: The Arabia Swamp fire is located in Clinch County; counties that may be affected are Clinch, Lanier, Lowndes, Cook, Echols, Berrien, Atkinson, Ware, Charlton, and possibly others depending on wind directions.
WHAT: The Georgia DOT anticipates low visibility due to a 250 acre fire in the Arabia Swamp located north of S.R. 122 in Clinch County. Also, fog is expected in the South Georgia area this weekend. As of 3 p.m. Friday, November 12, all state routes were open. There are some county roads closed at this time.
Occasionally heavy smoke from this wildfire and shifting winds are periodically reducing visibility on highways throughout the area. Overhead and portable changeable message signs may be posted if needed to advise of current and anticipated conditions. Motorists should exercise extreme caution at all times, particularly in smoke events and early mornings where smoke and fog may mix. Drivers should be prepared for possible long delays, unscheduled road closures and detours.
Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about this fire. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather. Callers also can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.