Prescribed burning underway


Published: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 7:32 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 7:32 a.m.

Motorists and residents in Columbia County may see more smoke over the Osceola National Forest as continued prescribed burning is scheduled for the area.

About 2,000 acres were burned Tuesday, said Peter Myers, the forest's fire management officer. If rain stops this week and the land has a chance to dry out, workers expect to burn another 1,200 acres Friday and continue burning into the weekend.

Officials plan to burn about 17,000 acres in the forest between now and March, Myers said. But weather conditions will determine when the burns take place.

“We only burn with certain winds in certain places,” he said, because of efforts to keep smoke away from Interstate 10 and Lake City.

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

Comments are currently unavailable on this article

▲ Return to Top