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Conecuh Ranger District to hold controlled burn today

The Conecuh Ranger District is planning a 616-acre prescribed burn today near the Rock Creek Community, according to a release.

During the burn today, the public will notice forest service fire crews and equipment, and smoke may be visible on Covington County Road 4 and Escambia County Road 11.

According to a release, as temperatures cool, the smoke may begin to settle in down drain areas and around the burn area. Those who encounter smoke on roadways, slow down and turn on low-beam lights.

The forest service uses prescribed fires, or controlled burns, as a management tool to remove excessive ground debris to help reduce the size and severity of wildfires and improve plant and animal habitats.

For more information, contact the Conecuh Ranger District at 334-708-0595 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/alabama.