Smokey Day Today? Apalachicola Prescribed Burning Taking Place

By: U.S. Forest Service Release
By: U.S. Forest Service Release

[UPDATE] 8-5

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning in the Apalachicola National Forest today.

The prescribed burn will take place at approximately 10 a.m. in the area of Capital Circle and U.S. Highway 319 or the Crawfordville Highway. 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 2011 prescribed burning season.

Individuals who are sensitive to smoke may contact the Apalachicola Zone Fire Management Officer at (850) 926-3561, ext. 6523, to be placed on a notification list for future burns.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – August 4, 2011 -

The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning in the Apalachicola National Forest today.

The prescribed burn will take place north of Bradwell Bay Wilderness in Wakulla County. 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 2011 prescribed burning season.

Individuals who are sensitive to smoke may contact the Apalachicola Zone Fire Management Officer at (850) 926-3561, ext. 6523, to be placed on a notification list for future burns.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 12:25 PM
    I was hoping they'd explain why it smelled like smoke outside at 3AM.
  • by TLH Location: TLH on Aug 5, 2011 at 11:44 AM
    Fire is a natural part of a forest's life cycle. Unfortunately, for many years, any fires at all were quickly squelched and underbrush grew and grew. This became fuel for wildfires that cause much damage and injury. Prescribed fires are good for our ecosystem. A little fire now is better than an uncontrollable giant fire later.
  • by TK Location: Wakulla on Aug 5, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    It doesn't matter to them that all the birds who have come here to breed are choked to death along with their newly hatched chicks!!!!!!!!
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      by What on Aug 5, 2011 at 11:35 AM in reply to TK
      Do you have proof? Can you show me videos or pictures of it happening right now. If not, then your accusations are obviously false.
  • by Vicious_Fish on Aug 5, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    Thanks a lot A-holes. Now we went from "unbearably hot" to "unbearably hot and hard to breathe". Good Job!
  • by Fisherman on Aug 4, 2011 at 01:31 PM
    Emily get the bucket, Jimmy get the ax and the stobs we going worm grunting.
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      by shoot john boy on Aug 5, 2011 at 07:44 AM in reply to Fisherman
      $25 bucks for a canna worms don't sound too darn bad right bout now
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        by John Boy on Aug 5, 2011 at 01:43 PM in reply to shoot john boy
        We eats em fried when we cans.
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