No need to be surprised if you saw smoke coming from the side of US Highway 319 today.
It was part of a prescribed burn just south of the Florida/Georgia state line and Sunny Road.
As we've mentioned before, prescribed burns are done to remove some of the dead vegetation that could fuel a wildfire, but also for beautification.
"Miss Kate Ireland used to own this property and she donated it to the state with the stipulation that it would be cared for in the manner - being burned every year to maintain the southern pine plantation look that's so much a part of North Florida," said Todd Schroeder, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist for the Florida Forest Service.
Burns typically happen in the winter as the lower humidity values make the burn more effective and help manage the smoke.