Wildfires Causing Smoky Conditions in Tallahassee Area

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

Tallahassee. Florida - August 29, 2011 -

The smoke you see today lingering in Tallahassee and the surrounding area is from several small wildfires in and around the Apalachicola National Forest. Heavy winds, low humidity and ongoing dry conditions caused several hot spots in wildfires as well as old prescribed fires to rekindle generating heavy smoke.

Smoke accumulating on local roads can create a driving hazard. Motorists are cautioned to drive slowly with lights on while traveling in the area.

The smoke is anticipated to remain through today, tonight and tomorrow. Presently, the fires are under control and, other than the smoke, pose no threat to the local community.

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  • by NSB on Aug 31, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    This morning (8AM), Tallahassee's air is so polluted, it measures as the dirtiest city in the US. Check it out at http://airnow.gov/ . The AQ index is at 157.
  • by me Location: here on Aug 29, 2011 at 07:55 PM
    I have empheseyma and have never smoked. I get real tired of smelling it all the time. May have to move. Cant breathe.
  • by T on Aug 29, 2011 at 06:18 PM
    Oh, find something else to complain about...a little smokey smell never hurt anyone...wimps!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    old prescribed fires that were never put out completely are the cause of all this smoke on 100 degree days. Just like the oil spills; the people in charge of these things have no conscience when it comes to the aftermath of their burnings.
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      by Landowner on Aug 30, 2011 at 04:20 AM in reply to
      Prescribed fires have not been set in months. They are done at specific times with specific weather conditions and permitted by the State. Ignorance is bliss.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2011 at 06:05 AM in reply to Landowner
        Actually, just 2 weeks ago, there was prescribed burning at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge near Panacea and in the Apalachicola Nat. Forest.
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        by Ali on Aug 30, 2011 at 09:20 AM in reply to Landowner
        Ignorance is bliss! There was just an article a week or two ago about prescribed burns happening in our area.
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      by Scientist on Aug 30, 2011 at 05:48 AM in reply to
      Prescribed fires are necessary in order to prevent large forest fires that could cause significant damage. Look at what happens in California when they try to avoid fires from happening!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 at 09:02 AM
    I believe the controlled burn in the ANF was 2 weeks ago. Prescribed burns are done during the summer, as long as the conditions(weather, humidity) are safe. Tree stumps can smolder for days after the controlled burn. With dry conditions, they can re-ignite and spread.
  • by Tim Location: Tallahassee on Aug 29, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    How long ago was the controlled burn and how is it that it reactivated? I didn't think controlled burns took place in the summer.
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