Apalachicola National Forest prescribed burning today in Wakulla County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 22, 2021 – The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning today in the Apalachicola National Forest.

A 3,400- acre prescribed fire is being conducted today in Wakulla County. It will be near Highway 20 (Blountstown Highway), south of State Road 267 (Bloxham Cutoff), north and west of National Forest Road 381 and east of National Forest Road 344. The burn will eliminate vegetation build up, reduce the threat of wildfires and improve wildlife habitat.

People are reminded that the smoke they may see today and tomorrow in this vicinity 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 further decrease visibility.

These is one of many prescribed burns the Apalachicola National Forest is doing during the 2021 prescribed burning season. This season, approximately 153,100 acres have been proactively treated in the Apalachicola National Forest. Today’s burn is in burn units 207 and 208. View the Apalachicola’s planned burn map here: https://bit.ly/3kS9ZWf.