If you're planning on heading south, you may want to take note.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has closed several state routes and has put detours in place in Ware and Clinch counties due to smoke from a fire in and around the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge Area.
State Route 38/US 84 (Valdosta Highway) has been closed from MP 2.5 in Manor to MP 15.7.
SR 122 has been closed from MP 4 at Manor/Millwood Rd. to MP 15.2. The detour route is as follows: Traffic is currently detoured to SR 520.
SR 177 has closed from SR 4/US 1 to the Park.
SR 4/US 1 is open but visibility is somewhat reduced by smoke. Proceed with caution.
State Route 89 has been closed from the Homerville Truck Bypass to Fargo. The detour route is as follows: Traffic traveling south on SR 89 from Homerville will be detoured west onto the Homerville Truck Bypass to SR 187; turn left (South) onto SR 187 and travel to SR 11 in Mayday; turn left (South) on SR 11 and travel to SR 94 in Statenville; turn left (East) on SR 94 and travel to Fargo.
SR 177 has been closed from SR 94 to the Park.
At this time there is no timeline for reopening these roads and more closures may become necessary.
Drivers are encouraged to use the services provided at GDOT’s Traffic Management Center. Operators are on duty 24/7 to provide traffic information, answer questions and alert motorists to any traffic interruptions that may occur. They can be reached at (404) 635-6800 or by calling toll free at 888-635-8287. Motorists can also check www.georgia-navigator.com for construction alerts, accidents and other traffic interruptions.