"Prescribed fire" for local cities

Some citizens may be 'prescribed fire' to help make their cities a healthier place.

Local citizens may notice smoke coming from surrounding forest in the next 6 months if they live in parts of Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega, and Tuskegee. Approximately 84,000 acres throughout Alabama's national forest will undergo controlled burns, conducted by the U.S. Forest Service fire specialists.

The controlled burns will improve natural plant and animal communities and reduce the buildup of fuels to decrease the chance of wildfires.  Forest supervisor for Alabama's nation forests Miera C. Nagy says "Prescribed burning is a natural part of an ecosystem's health." Burns are planned by management tools only used by trained and experienced fire specialists, according to the U.S Forest Service.

Fire specialist urge motorist to take caution if smoke is seen along roads. This can be done by using low beam lights, and viewing maps shown here that will highlight burn areas.