Prescribed burn today at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area

Man with drip torch starting a prescribed fire

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

Man with drip torch starting a prescribed fire

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 340-acre prescribed burn at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area near the Volusia and Brevard county line. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations, improve wildlife habitat and the maintenance of fire-dependent ecosystems.

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