Residents near the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area should expect to see some smoke today as the state Division of Forestry plans a prescribed burn on about 300 acres north of County Road 550, west of the Heather community. The forecast calls for easterly winds to push the smoke away from homes, and the burn will be postponed if weather conditions are not ideal. The burn to reduce the dead brush that can fuel wildfires is being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to target wildlands close to communities. For information, call Don Ruths at the Withlacoochee Forestry Center, (352) 754-6777, ext. 119.
Free swine flu shots available
The Hernando County Health Department now offers county residents and visitors free H1N1 (swine flu) vaccinations from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays at the Brooksville clinic at 300 S Main St. No appointments are necessary. For information, call (352) 540-6855.
Volunteers can ace gardening skills
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service is seeking applicants for the 2010 Master Gardener volunteer program. Those interested must attend a mandatory get-acquainted session that will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the extension office, 1653 Blaise Drive. Registration is required. RSVP to (352) 754-4433. The Master Gardener 12-week training will be offered Fridays, starting April 9. The cost for the training, books and materials is $135 per person, or $150 per couple who wish to share materials. Classes will alternate between the Brooksville and Dade City Extension offices.
Property appraiser office closure
The Hernando County Property Appraiser's Office will be closed from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday for training purposes. Offices are at Hernando County Government Center, Room 463, 20 N Main St., Brooksville; and the Westside Government Center, 7509 and 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 754-4190.
Spring Hill Fire Rescue Commission, 9 a.m., 3445 Bob Hartung Court, Spring Hill.