Controlled burn on island 'going as planned'

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A controlled burn  within Dr. Julian Bruce St. George Island State Park should wind down beginning at about 3 p.m.

"It might smoulder a little bit," said John Kelton, a ranger at the park.

"It's going as planned, it's going great," he said. "It's in a zone we hadn;t touched in a few years. We wanted to get it done before it (the summer season) gets busy."

Kelton said the burn, conducted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, is being conducted between the shop complex and the youth camp, in a zone near the ranger station.

"We've been notifying everybody going in the gate," said Kelton. "It's needed to be burned for a while."

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