USDA Forest Service
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Smelling smoke in the air in Tallahassee? Not to worry; it is not coming from a wildfire. The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning in the Apalachicola National Forest today.
A prescribed burn will take place in Leon County slightly west of the Ochlocknee River in the north-central part of the forest. The burn will improve wildlife habitat, eliminate vegetation build up and reduce the threat of wildfires.
People are reminded that the smoke they may see today and tomorrow in this vicinity is not coming from a wildfire. Motorists are 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 2014 prescribed burning season.
Today’s burn will take place in burn unit 239 (see the Apalachicola’s 2014 planned burn map): http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5438893.pdf.