TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning in Wakulla County's portion of the Apalachicola National Forest on September 10.
The 1,074 acre prescribed burn will take place south of Springhill Road and State Highway 267 in Wakulla County. Officials say the burn will improve wildlife habitat, eliminate vegetation build up and reduce the threat of wildfires.
Smoke that residents may see on September 9 and 10 in this vicinity is not coming from a wildfire. Those driving 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 317 (see the Apalachicola’s 2013 planned burn map): http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5394446.pdf.