Monday, July 31, 2017

Apalachicola National Forest prescribed burning today in Leon County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 31, 2017—For Immediate Release. The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning in the Apalachicola National Forest today.

The 514 acre prescribed burn will take place in Leon County west of Woodville Hwy (SR 363), in the area south of Publix. 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 2017 prescribed burning season. Today’s burn is in burn unit 221 (see the Apalachicola’s planned burn map):