Apalachicola National Forest Prescribed Burning on Aug. 10

By: USDA Forest Service News Release
By: USDA Forest Service News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – August 10, 2011 -

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 behind the Publix grocery store. 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 poor house on Aug 11, 2011 at 11:50 PM
    why can't they burn not at all! I'm tired of trying to go outside with burning eyes and choking on the smoke. It was so thick yesterday I could not go outside at all. They should have to issue gas mask with oxygen tanks attached to everyone within a 20 mile radius of every burn area when they do.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:47 PM
    Where are all the sasquatchs gonna go?
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      by poor house on Aug 12, 2011 at 12:00 AM in reply to Anonymous
      Don't joke about the sasquatches! About 40 years ago, a freind and I were rabbit hunting one night in that area riding in his fathers truck and almost ran over one. Yes they are for real! It definetely weren't no bear!It was around 7 or 8 ft. tall and it's eye's glowed orange in the headlights.I'll never forget it!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 at 06:27 PM
    Just what we need more heat and a little smoke to go with it. why can't they burn in the winter?
  • by Foxgloves on Aug 10, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    You need to get off your backsides and do your burning in late fall and winter, instead of burning up all the baby animals and baby birds that are too young to get away from the fires. I wonder how many millions of living creatures have been destroyed by this stupidity. Typical bureaucratic bungling. Dumb decisions by "gov'mint" do nothings. Ten people doing one person's job. The reason this country is broke on every level.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 at 06:28 PM in reply to Foxgloves
      some baby birds are still in the nest. they don't care.
  • by Smokey Location: Tallahassee on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:37 AM
    I thought I smelled smoke this morning. The wind must have shifted.
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