MAITLAND, Fla., Dec. 6, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 152-acre prescribed burn today at the Lake Norris Conservation Area in Lake County. The purpose of the burn is to prepare the area for future planting as well as maintain fire-dependent natural communities. The Hart Ranch Road trailhead, the Yellow Trail, and the south portion of the Red Trail will be closed to public access during the burn.
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.