By: WCTV Eyewitness News
October 20, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The U.S. Forest Service is conducting a prescribed burn in the Apalachicola National Forest.
The 1,925 acre prescribed burn is taking place in Leon County, south of Tallahassee International Airport, near Forest Road 305.
Officials say the purpose of the burn is to improve wildlife habitat, eliminate vegetation build up and reduce the threat of wildfires.
Citizens are reminded that they may see smoke in this vicinity on Friday and Saturday.
Drivers are being cautioned to drive slowly with lights on while traveling in smoky areas. Drivers should be particularly cautious in areas where prescribed fires have taken place when it is foggy. Morning fog can mix with smoke and decrease visibility further.
This is one of many prescribed burns the Apalachicola National Forest is doing during the 2017 prescribed burning season. Today’s burn is in burn unit 224 (see the Apalachicola’s planned burn map).