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Prescribed burning set for Monday in Leon County

Posted at 9:20 AM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 09:20:32-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning more than 600 acres in the Apalachicola National Forest Monday.

The 653-acre burn will be done in Leon County west of County Road 375 (Smith Creek Road), just south of State Route 20.

Fire officials say burn will improve wildlife habitat, eliminate vegetation build up and reduce the threat of wildfires. They say if you see smoke in the area both Monday and Tuesday, don't worry. It's coming from the prescribed burn, not a wildfire.

Drivers are warned to drive slowly with lights on while traveling in smoky areas. You should be particularly careful in areas when it is foggy. Morning fog can mix with smoke and decrease your ability to see.

This is one of many prescribed burns the Apalachicola National Forest is doing during the 2019 prescribed burning season.

Monday’s burn is in burn unit 210. See the Apalachicola’s planned burn map here: