Augusta smoke from Fort Gordon controlled burn

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Smoke covering downtown Augusta Wednesday afternoon originated from a 1,200-acre controlled burn on Fort Gordon, according to Richmond County Fire Department officials.

The wind swept the smoke from south Augusta all the way up to downtown Wednesday.

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AutumnLeaves 01/04/12 - 08:30 pm
We had to cancel our plans

We had to cancel our plans because of the poor air quality when we stepped out the door. It had been clear minutes before. This is ridiculous. Beautiful day, ruined. I hope it was necessary. And it wasn't just downtown.

beboisme 01/05/12 - 08:19 am
So why would they have a

So why would they have a controlled burn? The wind had been kicking up for two days, not cool!

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 01/05/12 - 08:32 am
If you know what you are

If you know what you are doing (and they do know at Ft. Gordon), a wind can aid in prescribed burning. Of course, if you do not know what you are doing, you can have your fire get out of hand and turn into a wildfire.

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