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Prescribed burning in Liberty Co. Thursday

Prescribed Burning
Posted at 9:04 AM, Sep 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-19 05:08:04-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The U.S. National Forest Service is performing a  prescribed burn in Liberty County's portion of the Apalachicola National Forest.

Forest service officials say the controlled fire will improve wildlife habitat, eliminate vegetation build up and reduce the threat of wildfires.

The burn will take place west of State Highway 379 in the vicinity of Forest Road 171,  north of Sumatra, in Liberty County. It will cover 2,842 acres.

Residents in the areas may see smoke on Thursday, September 19, and Friday, September 20. During that time, drivers are asked to use caution by driving slowly and using turning on their lights, especially when its foggy. Fog and smoke can mix and decrease visibility on roads.

This is just one of many prescribed burns the Apalachicola National Forest is doing prescribed burning season. People who are sensitive to smoke can be alerted to future burns. For more information, contact the Apalachicola Zone Fire Management Officer at 850-926-3561, ext. 6523.