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Prescribed burn in Wakulla Co. Thursday

Prescribed Burning
Posted at 10:43 AM, Mar 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-07 05:52:39-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning in the Apalachicola National Forest. The 2,700 acre prescribed burn will take place in the vicinity of Forest Road 309 off County Road 375 in Wakulla County.

Officials say the burn will improve wildlife habitat, eliminate vegetation build up and reduce the threat of wildfires.

The smoke residents may see in the area on March 6 and 7 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 2013 prescribed burning season.

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.

Today’s burn is in burn unit 310 (click here to see the Apalachicola’s 2013 planned burn map).