Prescribed burn underway in Apalachicola National Forest

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 13, 2019

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The U.S. Forest Service is alerting residents to a prescribed burn taking place Wednesday in the Apalachicola National Forest in Leon and Wakulla counties.

The 2,567-acre burn will be conducted near Forest Road 304 and Forest Road 344. Otter Creek Hunt Camp will be temporarily closed during the burn.

Forest Service officials say the purpose of the burn is to improve wildlife habitat, eliminate vegetation buildup and reduce the threat of wildfires.

People are being reminded that the smoke they may see in the area is not coming from a wildfire.

Motorists are urged 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 in the Apalachicola National Forest this season. Today’s burn is in unit 234 on the Apalachicola’s planned burn map.

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