Osceola National Forest Prescribed Burning today in Columbia County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 30, 2021 – The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning today in the Osceola National Forest.

The 1000-acre prescribed burn will take place Columbia County, near the intersection of National Forest Road 233 (Garfield Tower Rd) and National Forest Road 263. The burn will be eliminating vegetation buildup, reducing the threat of wildfire, and improving 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 46,000 acres have been proactively treated in the Osceola National Forest. Today’s burn is in burn unit 61; click to see the Osceola's 2021 Prescribed Burn Map.