BANKHEAD - USDA Forest Service fire specialists are conducting controlled burns throughout Alabama’s four national forests – Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee. During this year, federal fire specialists will conduct controlled burns on approximately 89,000-100,000 acres of national forest lands. The purpose of controlled burns is to reduce hazardous fuels such as fallen trees and brush that could feed into wildfires and to improve the plant and animal habitats that depend on fire.
Controlled burns take place annually only if weather conditions are favorable. The Forest Service is asking the public to use low beam lights and watch for uniformed Forest Service personnel while driving. At times, visibility may be reduced because of smoke settling at night in low lying areas.
Maps that highlight controlled burn areas can be viewed on our website at www.fs.usda.gov/alabama under the Know Before You Go section. If you have questions about the following prescribed burns, contact a Forest Service district office:
•Bankhead Forest is planning to burn 18,000 acres in Winston and Lawrence Counties, call the office at (205) 489-5111.
A copy of the 2018 Prescribed Burn Map is also available under Resource Guide here at mynwapaper.com.
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