Foresty burn to produce smoke in area

Published 2:01 pm Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Area residents should be aware that travel may be hindered by smoke accumulation in areas where portions of Conecuh National Forest is set for prescribed burns.

The Forest Service is planning to conduct two prescribed burns today within the boundary of the Blue Spring Wildlife Management Area.

The first burn will be 1,183 acres in the Shiloh Cemetery area. The boundary will be east of Five Runs Creek and west of County Road 31.

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The second burn will be 708 acres in the Dan’s Island area. The north line will be Forest Service Road 328. Today’s burns will be accomplished by aerial ignition and Forest Service fire crews and equipment.

These burns may cause smoke to be visible from State Hwy 137, State Hwy 29 and County Road 24.

The wind is expected to be out of the south west and carry the smoke north east toward the Babbie and Horn Hill area.

Some settling may also occur around the general area of the burn. Signs will be posted if needed. If encountering smoke on roadways, please slow down, turn on your low-beam headlights and use caution when encountering prescribed burning operation.

A prescribed burn is a controlled fire ignited by professionally trained and experienced Forest Service personnel. A prescribed burn is carefully planned to improve the health of your National Forest.