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Prescribed burn in Liberty County Wednesday

Prescribed Burning
Posted at 9:17 AM, May 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-08 05:20:20-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning in the Apalachicola National Forest on Wednesday, May 8.

The 1,279 acre prescribed burn will take place west of State Highway 379 near Forest Road 123 in Liberty County.

Officials say 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 when it is foggy as well as smoky, due to decreased visibility.

This is one of many prescribed burns the Apalachicola National Forest is doing during the 2013 prescribed burning season. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov.

Individuals who are sensitive to smoke may contact the Apalachicola Zone Fire Management Officer at 850-926-3561, ext. 6523, to be placed on a notification list for future burns.