Lake Apopka, other prescribed burns fill metro Orlando with haze

ORLANDO, Fla. — A lot of listeners to News 96.5 WDBO have been calling the newsroom and using the open mic feature in our app to ask about smoke all over Orange and southern Seminole County on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the St. Johns River Water Management District, there's a 1400 acre prescribed burn happening within the Lake Apopka North Shore, west of Lake Level Canal road.

“The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems,” SJRWMD said.

Orange County Fire and Rescue tweeted there are also two burns on the east side of Orange County at 528 and 520, as well as 528 and Dallas.

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Our meteorologist George Waldenberger says the winds today are driving the smoke over Orlando.

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Waldenberger later tweeted an aerial view of the smoke:

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