PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 9, 2020 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting an 82-acre prescribed burn within the Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area, along Fish Camp Road. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems.
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, managing 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 manage 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.