Prescribed burn could drape parts of Jacksonville in smoke

Temperatures will turn a little cooler behind a weak cold front.

Jacksonville, Fl — A large prescribed burn is set to begin today in western Duval County, as the Florida Forest Service prepares for the spring wildfire season.

Winds out of the west-northwest will likely shift the smoke to central and southern Duval County. The nearly 300 acre prescribed burn is set for around 10 am at Whitehouse Field, and is scheduled each morning through Friday.

“Prescribed burns are done to try to protect areas from wildfires later in the season when we reach later in March. It peaks in April and May. It’s an attempt to get rid of some of that fuel that’s there”, said Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh.

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A weak cold front is going usher in a little cooler air through mid-week. After a mild morning temperatures will stay in the low to mid 60s.

We stay in the 60s the rest of the week, with a quick warm-up on Friday.

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