Prescribed burn today at Lake Apopka North Shore

Aerial image of a prescribed fire burning in an open field

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

Aerial image of a prescribed fire burning in an open field

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., April 4, 2019 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 3,000-acre prescribed burn at the Lake Apopka North Shore, east of the Apopka-Beauclair Canal and near the Lake and Orange county line. The purpose of the burn is to prepare the area for planting of native wetland plants and promote desirable plant species within the marsh.

The fire was set by aerial ignition. Aerial ignition allows district staff to ignite fires more quickly, which results in faster burnout and less lingering smoke. Convection produced by igniting an area rapidly can help move the smoke up and away more quickly. Aerial ignition also allows staff to introduce fire into areas that may be inaccessible from the ground, ensuring that prescribed fire is introduced into even the most remote areas of the property. Aerial ignition allows staff to burn more acres in a shorter period of time, which in time will aid district staff in maintaining the fire frequency needed for the maintenance of the conservation area.

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.