Prescribed burn today at Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area in Lake County

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MAITLAND, Fla., Nov. 28, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is partnering with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to conduct a 74-acre prescribed burn today at Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area in Lake County. The burn area is located north of Yale Canal and west of Emeralda Island Road. The purpose of the burn is to remove previously treated invasive plants from a vegetation enhancement area.

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.