As we head towards spring and the dry season in northwest Florida, controlled burns are being conducted in certain areas to lessen the chance of wildfires. Officials say that for now, local residents need to leave the burning to the pros.
One controlled burn was set to begin Tuesday in the Jones Swamp Preserve, by the Escambia County Natural Resources Conservation Division. But high winds forced a postponement. Jones Swamp was the scene of a large-scale wildfire in 2011, which covered much of Escambia County in thick smoke and put several homes in danger.