Controlled burn in Picayune State Forest could bring smoke to East Naples

Expect smoke in East Naples today as wildland firefighters with the Florida Forest Service’s Caloosahatchee District conduct a 1,000-acre controlled burn in the Picayune Strand State Forest.

“Technically, when we burn the forest, it’s fuel reduction and habitat improvement for ecological purposes,” said Heather Ferrand, a spokeswoman with the district.

Some residents in East Naples reported smelling smoke in the area on Thursday, but Ferrand said they were not able to actually start their burn until Friday.

“We got calls here about smoke in East Naples as well, but we didn’t have anything in our district,” she said. “It was pretty windy, and I think there was smoke blowing in from neighboring counties.”

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