Georgia Forestry Commission Chief Ranger Denise Croker, said there is a 1,400-acre prescribed burn today in Alabama and the smoke from that blaze has drifted into Polk County.
A prescribed burn is one that is permitted by forestry officials to control vegetation and improve areas like timberland.
Croker said the smoke has gone as far as the wind will carry it and now it is “sitting” in certain pockets of the county. The worst area, she said, is east of Buchanan and south of the Huntington Road area.
Other areas include Dugdown and Antioch Roads and the Esom Hill area.
She said residents will see and smell heavy smoke. Some roadway visibility will be limited also.
Croker said rain would clear it, but otherwise the smoke should start to clear tomorrow. However, it will take another day or two for the smell to clear, she said.