GFC plans controlled burn on Skidaway

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Georgia Forestry Commission will conduct a controlled burn during the upcoming weeks at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography campus. GFC rangers say exact date of the burn is undetermined because it's dependent upon the weather, including wind and humidity; however is will be completed in one day. They are trying to minimize the effect on residents of The Landings and Modena subdivions and do not want to burn on a day where the wind will carry the smoke across Wassaw Sound and over the Atlantic.

The burn is to remove underbrush and loose wood debris on approximately 100 acres of the wooded section on the north end of Skidaway Island. The burn will area will be from the edge of the developed section of the campus, south on both sides of McWhorter Road for about one and half miles.

"We don't expect much, if any, advance notice," said Skidaway Institute Plant Superintendent Chuck Hartman in a news release "Once they see the right weather conditions, they will come out here and get the project going."

GFC officials are not expecting the burn to have any effect on activities at the Skidaway Institute campus or on traffic flow on McWhorter Road.

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