Prescribed fire today Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park in Orange County

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PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 16, 2018 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting an 87-acre controlled burn today at Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park, on the northern portion of the property north of Dallas Boulevard, south of County Road 13 and west of State Road 520, in Orange County. The purpose of the burn is ecological maintenance of fire-dependent natural communities and vegetation buildup reduction for wildfire prevention/severity reduction.

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 wind and other weather conditions are correct for controlling the fire and minimizing the impacts of smoke to residents and traffic.