PALATKA, Fla., July 15, 2021 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting four prescribed burns Thursday to enhance the environmental quality of District lands and reduce fuel loads and wildfire risk.
Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to manage the fire’s effects. 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.
Periodic prescribed fires on District lands enhance the land’s environmental quality and protect its neighbors from destructive wildfires, but not without the possibility of temporary nuisances, such as smoke and ash.
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.
In fire-dependent ecosystems, fire is as nearly as important as rainfall and sunshine. The benefits of prescribed fire 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.
To learn more about District’s prescribed burn program, visit the District online at www.sjrwmd.com/lands/management/prescribedfire/. Follow the District on social media to know when prescribed burns are taking place in your area or follow the conversation at #RxFire #goodfire #sjrwmd #LoveYourLands.