U.S. Forest Service Prescribed Burn Notification- March 23, 2017

The Talladega National Forest – Talladega Ranger District is planning to burn 825 acres today, 4 miles east of Sylacauga, AL and the Shoal Creek Ranger District is planning to burn 100 acres today, 4 miles northwest of Coleman Lake and 1 mile south of Co. Rd. 55.  For further details, please see the attached News Release. 

(Heflin, Al)  March 22, 2017—- The Talladega National Forest – Shoal Creek Ranger District is planning to burn 100 acres today, 4 miles northwest of Coleman Lake and 1 mile south of Co. Rd. 55.    Forest Service roads 540, and 540C form portions of this burn boundary.  FSR 540 should be traveled with caution due to fire personnel usage.  During today’s burn, the public will notice Forest Service fire crews and equipment.  Smoke may also be visible on County Road 55.

The wind is expected to be out of the North and carry the smoke to the South over the forest towards the Coleman/Horse Camp area.  As the temperatures cool later today, the smoke may begin to settle down in the Shoal Creek or Choccolocco drainages.  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.

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 Fire Dispatch at 256-362-7000

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