National Forest prescribed burning today in Liberty County, Leon County and Marion County

Release Date: Feb 2, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., February 2, 2022 – The U.S. Forest Service is conducting prescribed burns today on both the Apalachicola and Ocala National Forests.

The Apalachicola National Forest's 4125-acre prescribed burn will be conducted in Liberty County, West of County Road 67, South of Forest Service Road 111 and North of Forest Highway 13.

Additionally, the Apalachicola National Forest will conduct a 4266-acre prescribed burn in Leon County, East of Springhill Road, West of Florida Highway 319 (Crawfordville Highway), South of LL Wallace Road, Southeast of Trout Pond Recreation Area and Southwest of Leon Sinks Geological Area.

The Ocala National Forest's 2-acre prescribed burn will be conducted in Marion County, North of State Road 40, North of the Lake George Ranger District and South of SE 172nd Avenue.

Prescribed fires, also known as prescribed burns or controlled burns, refer to the controlled application of fire by a team of fire experts under specified weather conditions to restore health to ecosystems that depend on fire. The burns will improve wildlife habitat, eliminate vegetation build up and reduce the threat of future wildfires.

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 fires the National Forest is doing during the 2021/22 prescribed burning season. Today’s burns are in Burn Units 51, 248, 24801, 249 and Compartment 86.