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Prescribed burn scheduled for Leon County

Prescribed Burning
Posted at 8:58 AM, Jul 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-17 05:20:35-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning Leon County's portion of the the Apalachicola National Forest on Wednesday, July 17.

The 1,369 acre prescribed burn will take place off Springhill Rd., near Trout Pond Recreation Area in Leon County.

People are reminded that the smoke they may see today and tomorrow in this vicinity is not coming from a wildfire.

Officials are asking drivers in the area 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 further visibility.

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 227. For more information, see the Apalachicola’s 2013 planned burn map at www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5394446.pdf.