TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning 2,842 acres in the Apalachicola National Forest today.
The prescribed burn will take place in the southwest portion of the forest, south of Bristol, FL. 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. Smoke from the burn is expected to move just south of Tallahassee from west to east. Motorists are cautioned to drive slowly with lights on while traveling in smoky areas.
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) 524-1244 to be placed on a notification list for future burns.
Today’s burn is in burn unit 73 (see the Apalachicola’s 2011 planned burn map):