FHP monitors controlled burn at Oleno State Park

Motorists on I-75, U.S. 41 in Columbia County urged to use caution


COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol continues to monitor the effects smoke from a controlled burn on nearby highways in Columbia County.

The fire was started Saturday at Oleno State Park -- just north of the Columbia-Union county borner -- and affected the area near Interstate 75 and U.S. Highway 41 in Columbia County.

FHP said authorities are continuing to look for smoke in the area. Although the fire is out, there could be a few remaining hot spots.

Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling near the area. Visibility may deteriorate quickly due to smoke or fog type conditions, especially during the night time and early morning hours, authorities said.

Motorists are reminded to reduce their speed and use low beam headlights in order to adapt to changing weather conditions.