The burn area, about 6 miles south of Oxford and 3 miles east of Munford, will be bounded in part by Forest Service roads 642, 642C and 651, according to a release from the Forest Service. The release says drivers on those roads should use caution. Smoke also may be visible on County Road 42, Alabama 281 and from Cheaha State Park.
Smoke from the fire is expected to blow southeast toward the park and to areas north of Lineville. Smoke may settle in the area drained by Salt Creek as temperatures cool tonight.
Controlled burns are fires set and monitored by Forest Service workers. The burns are intended to remove fuel that could lead to uncontrollable fires if allowed to accumulate. They also help to promote the growth of longleaf pines by burning away competitor species.