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Prescribed burn in Leon County

Prescribed Burning
Posted at 10:27 AM, Jan 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-23 10:27:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)- The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning in the Apalachicola National Forest today.

The 1,526 acre prescribed burn will take place off Highway 20 near Talquin State Recreation Area in Leon County. 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 2014 prescribed burning season.