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Prescribed burn in Seminole State Forest leads to smoke conditions in northern Lake County

RELEASE DATE: January 11, 2013

PINE LAKES — The Florida Forest Service recently completed a 750-acre prescribed burn in Seminole State Forest, neighboring the community of Royal Trails.  The results of the wildfire mitigation efforts have led to some smoke conditions in the northern areas of Lake County, which could hinder visibility on roads.

“This was a very successful large prescribed burn involving several fire prevention agencies; however, due to the size of the burn and heavy fuels, there will most likely be lingering smoke flare ups over the next few days that we will continue to monitor.” said Donald Ruths, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist with the Florida Forest Service.

The prescribed burn focused on the reduction of heavy fuels which lead to wildfires, and should reduce the potential wildfire risks to the Royal Trails and South Pine Lakes Communities.

Teams from the Florida Forest Service will be in the region throughout Friday morning to extinguish hot spots and to minimize smoke impacts, and will continue monitoring the area throughout the weekend.

“We truly appreciate the support and patience of the citizens of Royal Trails during this burn, as the resulting smoke did cause some traffic inconvenience and I am sure some smoke irritants, their support was crucial to our success.” said Ruths.

It is recommended that those who are susceptible to respiratory conditions stay in-doors while smoke is present, and those traveling the roadways in the area use caution.

For more information about the prescribed burn, call 352-754-6777 extension 119.

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More Information:
Florida Forest Service
352-754-6777 extension 119

Lake County media contact:
Kelly LaFollette
Communications Director
Office: 352-343-9603; Cell: 352-455-0445
klafollette@lakecountyfl.gov

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