Controlled burn scheduled for Columbia, Baker counties
Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 9:07 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 9:07 a.m.
Large plumes of smoke should be expected around the Osceola National Forest throughout the day. A controlled burn has been scheduled to clear a large swath of the forest in Columbia and Baker counties.
The U.S. Forest Service, with assistance from the Florida Division of Forestry, plans to burn 3,400 acres to clear underbrush that could serve as fuel during a forest or wildfire.
Federal and state officials said the burn will be ignited by small capsules dropped from aircraft. Aerial ignition is being used because much of the area being burned is inaccessible to ground equipment.
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