Forest Service to burn 1,160 acres near Heflin
by Star staff
Mar 14, 2011 | 1657 views |  1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
People in Cleburne County may see lots of smoke today and tonight as the U.S. Forest Service plans to burn 1,160 acres of the Talladega National Forest today near Heflin.

The burn area, about two miles north-northwest of Heflin, will be bounded in part by Forest Service roads 500, 533 and 537, according to a release from the Forest Service. The release says drivers on those roads should use caution.

Smoke from the fire is expected to blow north into the forest interior along the Forest Service Road 500 corridor, toward the Pine Glen and Warden Station recreation areas. Smoke may settle toward Heflin, Cleburne County Road 66 and U.S. 78 as temperatures cool tonight.

The burn is part of thousands of acres the Forest Service plans to burn this year. The fires are 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 competitors.

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