Lakeland Fire Department says don’t be worried about the smoke you’re smelling and haze you might be driving through. It’s the result of Florida Forest Service controlled burns around State Road 33 and also in Highland City. The Fire Department is working no structure fires this afternoon, spokeswoman Janel Vasallo says.

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