Prescribed fire today at Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam and Volusia counties

An industrial mulched being operated

A mulcher may be used to widen a fire line access road prior to a prescribed fire. Explore more about our land management at www.sjrwmd.com/lands/management/prescribedfire.

PALATKA, Fla., Feb. 8, 2024 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 91-acre prescribed burn today at Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam and Volusia counties. The burn site is just north of the intersection of Joe Pittman Road and Truck Trail 2, east of Truck Trail 2, and south of Silver Pond Road. During this time, a section of Truck Trail 2 may be closed. The burn’s purpose is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

An industrial mulched being operated

A mulcher may be used to widen a fire line access road prior to a prescribed fire. Explore more about our land management on this page.

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 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.

Follow the District on social media to know when prescribed burns are taking place in your area. To learn more about the District’s prescribed burn program, visit the District online at www.sjrwmd.com/lands/management/prescribedfire or follow the conversation at #LoveYourLands #RxBurn #goodfire #sjrwmd.