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GDOT Anticipates Low Visibility Due to Smoke and Fog in South Ga.

By: GDOT Release
By: GDOT Release

GDOT Release:

WHEN: Beginning in the evening hours of Thursday, November 18, and continuing through this week and possibly longer.

WHERE: The Arabia Swamp fire is located in Clinch County; counties that may be affected are Clinch, Lanier, Lowndes, Thomas, Colquitt, Brooks, Cook, Berrien, Irwin, Atkinson, Ben Hill, Ware, Charlton, and possibly others depending on wind directions. The wind is blowing in a southwesterly direction and is changing to a easterly direction.

WHAT: The Georgia DOT anticipates low to no visibility due to a fire in the Arabia Swamp located north of S.R. 122 in Clinch County. Also, fog is possible in the South Georgia area each day.

As of 1 p.m. Thursday, November 18, all state routes were open.

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.

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DOT ANNOUNCES SMOKE FROM CLINCH COUNTY FIRE COULD EFFECT I-75 TRAVEL IN SOUTH GEORGIA

WHEN: 7 p.m., Thursday, November 18 until 1 p.m., Saturday, November 20.

WHERE: Interstate 75 in Lowndes, Cook, and Tift counties and State Routes in Clinch, Lanier, Lowndes, Thomas, Colquitt, Brooks, Cook, Berrien, Irwin, Atkinson, Ben Hill, Ware, and Charlton counties.

WHAT: The Georgia DOT anticipates low to no visibility on Interstate 75 and several state routes in South Georgia due to a fire in the Arabia Swamp located north of S.R. 122 in Clinch County. State routes in the following counties could be affected by smoke; Lowndes, Cook, Tift, Clinch, Lanier, Thomas, Colquitt, Brooks, Berrien, Irwin, Atkinson, Ben Hill, Ware, and Charlton. Also, fog is possible in the South Georgia area each day.

As of 1 p.m. Thursday, November 18, all state routes were open.

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.


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