Forest Service Responds to Wildfire

USDA FOREST SERVICE NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
 Date: September 14, 2010           
Contact:  Denise Rains, 850-523-8568
Website: www.fs.fed.us/R8/Florida

U.S. Forest Service personnel are working to suppress a small wildfire within the Ocala National Forest near Salt Springs, Putnam County. There is no immediate danger to forest users but visitors should use caution if in areas near the fire. Currently, there are no closures as a result of the fire.

On Saturday, September 11, the fire started on private land northeast of Salt Springs and burned onto the Ocala National Forest. Lightning from a thunderstorm started the fire.

Ocala National Forest fire crews are using a fire suppression tactic called a “burn out” where fuel is burned at the head of the fire to stop its progress. Fire crews expect to have the fire contained by Wednesday, September 15.

Smoke will be visible from Lake George and in the Salt Springs area. The area burned so far is approximately 1,100 acres.

Drivers and local residents are reminded to always proceed with caution in smoky conditions and please remember to reduce speed and turn headlights on if visibility is affected.

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