News Release: USDA Forest Service
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The U.S. Forest Service has two prescribed burns planned for today on the Apalachicola National Forest.
The first 307 acre prescribed burn will take place in Leon County near Munson Hills Mountain Bike Trail in burn unit 258; the second 1,607 acre prescribed burn will take place in Liberty County off County Road 12 and Forest Road 130 near South Creek in burn unit 15.
These burns 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. (see the Apalachicola’s planned burn map): http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5438893.pdf.
Individuals who are sensitive to smoke may continue to monitor us at http://www.fs.usda.gov/news/apalachicola/news-events.