Forest Service burning more than 2,000 acres today
by Star staff
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People living near Edwardsville and parts of Talladega may see lots of smoke today as the U.S. Forest Service burns portions of the Talladega National Forest.

According to press releases from the agency, the service will burn about 1,500 acres 2.5 miles west of Edwardsville and about 851 acres 7 miles east of Talladega near the Guntertown community.

The Edwardsville site is bounded on the east by Forest Service Road 548 and on the south by Forest Road 543, according to a release from the Forest Service.

Smoke from the Edwardsville fire is expected to blow northeast toward an area just north of Piedmont. As temperatures cool later today, smoke may settle down along Cane Creek where it intersects with U.S. 78 in the Edwardsville area.

The Guntertown burn area will be between Forest Service roads 637 and 637R. Smoke may be visible on Alabama 21, Alabama 281 and Alabama 77, according to a release from the Forest Service.

Wind will blow from the southeast and carry smoke from the Guntertown burn toward Munford. Smoke may settle near Fayne Creek as temperatures cool later today.

The Forest Service suggested drivers traveling in the areas be on the lookout for fire crews and equipment. Forest Service officials also advise drivers who encounter smoke on the roadways to slow down and turn on their low-beam headlights.

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 favored tree species by burning away competitor species.

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