U.S. Forest Service Prescribed Burn Notification for March 17, 2017

(Heflin, Al)  March 17, 2017—- The Talladega National Forest – Shoal Creek Ranger District is planning to burn 300 acres today, approximately 3 miles north of Delta. FSR 512 form portions of the burn unit boundary.  Please use caution while traveling in this area due to crews and vehicles present.

The wind is expected to be out of the southwest and carry the smoke to the north toward County road 3, 24 and 49 in the Abel area.  Smoke will be visible from Hwy. 9, Hwy. 281 County roads 49 and 3.  As the temperatures cool later today, the smoke may begin to settle down Chulafinnee Drainage and some settling may occur down Armstrong creek towards Hwy. 9.   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 operations and smoke.

(Talladega, Al)  March 17, 2017—- The Talladega National Forest – Talladega Ranger District is planning to burn 1805 acres today, 9 miles south of Talladega, AL in the Horn Valley area.  Forest Service Roads 600-1 and 662 form portions of this burn boundary and will be closed for today. During today’s burn, the public will also notice Forest Service fire crews and equipment along County Road 308 (Horn Valley).  Smoke will be visible from Hwy 77 and County Rd 7.

The wind is expected to be out of the southwest and carry the smoke to the northeast towards Chandler Springs and Cheaha State Park. As the temperatures cool later today, the smoke may begin to settle down in Horn Valley and the Hatchet Creek drainage . Some settling may also occur around the general area of the burn. Signs will be posted along roads if needed.  If encountering smoke on roadways, please slow down, turn on your low-beam headlights, and use caution when encountering prescribed burning operations and smoke.

Remember, 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.  If you have any questions, please contact the Talladega office at 256-362-2909.

 

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