Wildfire risk and smoke could get worse this week

Baker County dealing with smoke, children receiving breathing treatments

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-  It will be a tough week for firefighters battling the 134,000 acre West Mims fire near the Florida-Georgia line. It will likely be a challenging week in other areas on the First Coast as dry conditions and low humidity can easily cause other wildfires to spread.

STORY: West Mims Fire forces mandatory evacuation for all St. George residents; closing in on 134,000 acres

Smoke from the West Mims fire spread as far south as St. Johns and Putnam counties over the weekend. You will likely see large plumes of smoke in the sky looking to the north on Monday afternoon, First Coast News meteorologist Mike Prangley says. 

Prangley says a north to northwest breeze picks up with thickening smoke moving south and east into Nassau, Duval, Clay, Putnam and St. Johns County mainly west of Interstate 95. 

For metro Jacksonville, smoke should lessen over the coming days as winds shift the smoke more towards areas like Baker County and into Georgia.  

That said, anyone with breathing problems, including the elderly and very young, should limit their time outside in areas impacted by smoke.

 

Fire danger across the area has reached "extreme" levels and will remain that way throughout the week.

Smoke is not likely to impact play at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, as wind shifts and the afternoon sea breeze will likely keep the course relatively clear, Prangley says.

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