US Forest Service to conduct prescribed burns on 115,000 acres in Alabama's Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega, and Tuskegee national forests over next six months

MONTGOMERY, Alabama , January 22, 2014 (press release) – U.S. Forest Service fire specialists are conducting prescribed burns on approximately 115,000 acres throughout Alabama’s four national forests – Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega, and Tuskegee during the next six months. Prescribed fire (controlled burn) is an annual management tool to improve plant and animal habitat and overall forest health to withstand natural disturbances such as drought, insects and diseases. The controlled burns also aim to reduce the build-up of hazardous fuels that could feed wildfires that threaten communities located near national forests.

Anyone living near the national forest may see smoke columns, reduced visibility in low lying areas and additional traffic along Forest Service roads. Drivers are asked to use their low beam lights if they encounter smoke on the road. Maps that highlight prescribed burn areas can be viewed on the Forest Service website at www.fs.usda.gov/alabama.

If you have questions about the following prescribed burns, contact a Forest Service district office:

  • Bankhead National Forest is planning to burn 19,000 acres in Winston and Lawrence counties call the office at (205) 489-5111.
  • Talladega National Forest- Talladega and Shoal Creek Districts are planning to burn 39,000 acres in Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne and Talladega counties call the Heflin office at (256) 463-2272 or the Talladega office at (256) 362-2909.
  • Conecuh National Forest is planning to burn 30,000 acres in Escambia and Covington counties call (334) 222-2555.
  • Talladega National Forest - Oakmulgee District plan to burn23,000 acres in Bibb, Dallas, Perry, Tuscaloosa, Hale, and Chilton counties call (205) 926-9765.
  • Tuskegee National Forest is planning to burn 3,000 acres in Macon county call (334) 727-2652.

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