Fort Benning gives update on active wildfire - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Fort Benning gives update on active wildfire

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - Fort Benning announced a new update on the actively burning wildfire and its smoke impact in our area. 

The notice is as follows: 

The wildfire in the A-20 Impact Area is still actively burning and is contained within the firebreaks of the impact area.  Forestry personnel is actively monitoring the wildfire and taking action as needed to make sure the wildfire remains in the impact area. 

The winds have shifted to the East today and are affecting main post, the Marne Road area, Custer Road area and Martin Army Community Hospital area.

The smoke stretches from the impact area into areas of South Columbus.  Some of the smoke is staying close to the ground creating a haze.   Conditions are not expected to improve over the next 24 hours.  

The winds are forecasted to shift to the South tomorrow afternoon.  Until then, the areas listed above will be affected by smoke.

This evening, tonight and tomorrow morning is when the smoke in these areas will have the greatest impact as the wildfire continues to burn and smolder overnight.

Areas all along the Upatoi Creek may experience high concentrations of smoke tonight and tomorrow morning as the smoke settles in the Upatoi Creek tonight.

Areas near Victory Drive may have smoke this evening, tonight and tomorrow morning. Conditions can change without notice due to changes in weather patterns.  

For more information, call the Public Affairs Office. You may also visit the Smoke and Sound website by clicking here for maps and other information on prescribed burns and training.

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