Osceola National Forest Prescribed Burning today in Columbia County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 23, 2021 – The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning today in the Osceola National Forest.

The 725-acre prescribed burn will take place Columbia County, seven miles north-northeast of Lake City, east of National Forest Road233, west of National Forest road 236 and north of National Forest road 263. The burn will reduce the threat of wildfire by eliminating vegetation buildup, 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 decrease visibility further. 

This is one of many prescribed burns the Osceola National Forest has planned during the 2021 prescribed burning season. This season, approximately 45,000 acres have been proactively treated in the Osceola National Forest. Today’s burn is in burn unit 64; click to see the Osceola's 2021 Prescribed Burn Map.