For Immediate Release
USDA Forest Service Implements Controlled Burns in Alabama’s National Forests
(Montgomery, Al) January 19, 2017 ---- USDA Forest Service federal fire specialists will intentionally conduct controlled burns on approximately 91,500 acres of the Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee National Forests during the next six months. The land management plan requires the Forest Service to use prescribed fire as a management tool to improve forest health. The controlled burn or “good fire” is carefully planned to provide many benefits for wildlife and reduces the accumulation of forest undergrowth that can become a wildfire threat if untreated.
Controlled burns take place annually only if weather conditions are favorable. During this time, the public may see smoke, additional Forest Service personnel and equipment near project areas. The Forest Service is asking the public to use their low beam lights and watch out for uniformed Forest Service personnel. 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 15,000 acres in Winston and Lawrence Counties, call the office at (205) 489-5111.
• Conecuh Forest is planning to burn 20,000 acres in Escambia and Covington Counties, call (334) 222-2555.
•Talladega Forest- Talladega and Shoal Creek Districts are planning to burn 35,000 acres in Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne and Talladega Counties, call the Heflin office at (256) 463-2272 or the Talladega office at (256) 362-2909.
•Talladega Forest - Oakmulgee District is planning to burn 20,000 acres in Bibb, Dallas, Perry, Tuscaloosa, Hale and Chilton Counties, call (205) 926-9765.
•Tuskegee Forest is planning to burn 1,500 acres in Macon County, call (334) 727-2652.