Apalachicola Forest Prescribed Burning Near Clear Lake Wilderness


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – March 27, 2012 -

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

A prescribed burn will take place near Clear Lake Wilderness in Leon 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 2012 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.

Today’s burn will take place in burn units 228 and 229 (see the Apalachicola’s 2012 planned burn map): http://www.nationalforestsinflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/FY12_burn_plan_public.pdf

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  • by Buster on Mar 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM
    The Fire Svc should announce at least a month in advance of a planned fire burn. That way people can get the heck out of Dodge. There are lots of people on Oxygen and their houses are not airtight. They can't breathe, I'm telln' ya. You should have a place on somewhere where people can see what is planned to burn. And announce it in the paper.
  • by Bruce Location: Here on Mar 27, 2012 at 08:25 AM
    That area must be an illicit tire dump area because that choking smell isn't simply brush burning.
  • by Bob Location: Tally on Mar 27, 2012 at 07:25 AM
    Who cares of children have ashtma or allergies. Who cares if this stuff gets in your home and ruins the furniture. We really need to get back to civilization and leave the forestry alone. God created these beautiful things just to have man come behind him and burn it all up. Ever heard of manpower and cutting things. Wake up Leon and Wakulla county. This increases jobs and open news wages for the umemployed.
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      by amazed on Mar 27, 2012 at 08:26 AM in reply to Bob
      Bob who do you suppose created fire? Must have a purpose to exist. Many creatures and plants depend on fire for their existance. Fire has been used for many more years than you have been around. As in most things what you say is not the only opinion. You are probably one of the folks who say what you think and because you say it that must be the only facts of truth. Nobody else has the sense to say anything but you right?
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      by Bryan on Mar 27, 2012 at 08:39 AM in reply to Bob
      Close your windows Bob. I have seen many folks that believe that fire should not be used. When the brush became heavy and fire, by way of lightning, started running and people lost their homes and other things such as their lives then it was sad that nothing was done to have prevented this. God created closed minded people like you also.
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