Prescribed fire today at Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam County

Person with drip torch walking in front of burning boods

Prescribed fire helps reduce the possibility of dangerous wildfire while enhancing land’s environmental quality.

Person with drip torch walking in front of burning boods

Prescribed fire helps reduce the possibility of dangerous wildfire while enhancing land’s environmental quality.

PALATKA, Fla., April 22, 2019 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 71-acre prescribed burn Monday at the Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and reduce hardwood encroachment.

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