TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning more than 800 acres in the Apalachicola National Forest Tuesday.
The 877-acre burn will be conducted in Leon County north of State Route 267, east and west of Forest Road 367.
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.
Tuesday’s burn is in burn unit 231. See the Apalachicola’s planned burn map here: https://go.usa.gov/xEsP8