Smoke Alert In Effect Along I-75

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- Lowndes County, Ga. - April 13, 2012 -

Drivers on I-75 should be extra cautious this weekend and be on the look out for thick smoke.

The Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency has issued a Smoke Advisory along the interstate. The advisory is in effect in parts of South Georgia and North Florida.

It comes as a result of a large wildfire that continues to burn in Baker and Columbia Counties in Florida that was started by a bolt of lightening Thursday.

Thick smoke can cause poor visibility on the highway. It can also wreak havoc on your lungs. Drivers going through the smoke need to keep their windows up.

Anthony Harrington is a truck driver that had to drive right through the smoke Friday.

"Well it's kind of nauseating to drive through it for a long time, at least for 10 to 20 miles. It kind of gets to you. It comes right through the vent of the truck," said Harrington.

There was a destructive example in February of how bad it can get when when a sudden mixture of smoke and fog covered the interstate causing a pair of pile ups that killed 10 people.

"It's very important if smoke does impact Lowndes County that drivers slow down, use their low beam head lights and keep plenty of distance between themselves and other cars," said Lowndes County Clerk Paige Dukes.

Even when smoke is not visible in the air, drivers still need to be cautious, because winds can blow a dense smog over the highway at anytime.

Drivers are reminded not to call 911 if you they smoke. That number should only be used for emergencies.