Prescribed burn today at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area

Aerial photograph of a prescribed fire in an open area with people on the edge

The St. Johns River Water Management District uses prescribed fire to reduce the possibility of dangerous wildfire while enhancing land’s environmental quality.

Aerial photograph of a prescribed fire in an open area with people on the edge

The St. Johns River Water Management District uses prescribed fire to reduce the possibility of dangerous wildfire while enhancing land’s environmental quality.

MAITLAND, Fla., March 14, 2019 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 2,990-acre prescribed burn on at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area, west of Hatbill Road and south of Highway 46 in southeast Volusia County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations, enhance wildlife habitat and promote ecological diversity. The fire was set by aerial ignition.

Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to manage 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 managing the fire and minimizing the impacts of smoke to residents and traffic.