USDA Forest Service Controlled Burns Set to Maintain Healthy National Forests

USDA Forest Service Controlled Burns Set to Maintain Healthy National Forests

(Montgomery, Al)  January 30, 2018 ---- USDA Forest Service fire specialists are conducting controlled burns throughout Alabama’s four national forests – Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee.  During this year, federal fire specialists will conduct controlled burns on approximately 89,000-100,000 acres of national forest lands.  The purpose of controlled burns (prescribed fire) is to reduce hazardous fuels such as fallen trees and brush that could feed into wildfires and to improve the plant and animal habitats that depend on fire.  

Controlled burns take place annually only if weather conditions are favorable. The Forest Service is asking the public to use low beam lights and watch for uniformed Forest Service personnel while driving. At times, visibility may be reduced because of smoke settling at night in low lying areas.

Maps that highlight controlled burn areas can be viewed on our website at www.fs.usda.gov/alabama under the Know Before You Go section. If you have questions about the following prescribed burns, contact a Forest Service district office:

•Bankhead Forest is planning to burn 18,000 acres in Winston and Lawrence Counties, call the office at (205) 489-5111.

• Conecuh Forest is planning to burn 28,000 acres in Escambia and Covington Counties, call (334) 222-2555.

•Talladega Forest- Talladega and Shoal Creek Districts are planning to burn 25,000 acres in Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne and Talladega Counties, call the Heflin office at (256) 463-2272 or the Talladega office at (256) 362-2909.

•Talladega Forest - Oakmulgee District is planning to burn 16,000 acres in Bibb, Dallas, Perry, Tuscaloosa, Hale and Chilton Counties, call (205) 926-9765.

•Tuskegee Forest is planning to burn 2,000 acres in Macon County, call (334) 727-2652.  

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