Prescribed burn scheduled for Shawnee National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service has planned to carry out a prescribed fire at Shawnee National Forest today, March 31. The fire will be conducted in Alexander County near the Union County line, roughly three miles east of McClure, Illinois. 

The burn concerns an area of about 1200 acres, according to the Shawnee National Forest Public Affairs Office. Fire personnel will monitor the smoke generated during the prescribed burn. 

The office says the smoke will probably be most noticeable near the communities of Mill Creek, Elco, and Tamms. Folks can expect most of the smoke to be visible in early afternoon and dissipate after dark.

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