Prescribed fire activity temporarily suspended in Bankhead

BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - The USDA Forest Service has announced that all new ignitions for prescribed fire in Bankhead National Forest have been postponed until further notice. 

"Potential smoke impacts to the public are considered in all prescribed fire and wildlife management.  As always, we will work in coordination with local and state health organizations and make any necessary changes should the need arise, forest service officials stated in a press release.

The decision to temporarily postpone ignitions will prevent any effects from smoke that might further worsen conditions for those who are at risk in nearby communities, officials stated, while also reducing exposure for employees who might not otherwise need to travel and create social distancing for resources working on the fire.

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