Prescribed burn at Lake Apopka North Shore in Orange County

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MAITLAND, Fla., Nov. 16, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a small prescribed burn today at the Lake Apopka North Shore in Orange County. The purpose of the burn is to burn fuels away from sensitive restoration planting areas as the district prepares to perform a larger burn in a few weeks.

Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to control the fire’s effects. Its benefits include restoring and maintaining natural communities, reducing chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases and opening scenic vistas. Prescribed fires help prevent wildfires by burning off fuels that naturally build up over time, while also helping to control the growth of woody shrubs.

Before conducting a burn, the district ensures that wind and other weather conditions are correct for controlling the fire and minimizing the impacts of smoke to residents and traffic.