Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Apalachicola National Forest prescribed burning today in Leon County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 1, 2017—For Immediate Release. The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning in the Apalachicola National Forest today.

The 2,146 acre prescribed burn will take place in Leon County south of State Route 267, near Forest Roads 360 and 367. 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 232 (see the Apalachicola’s planned burn map):https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd529455.pdf