MEDIA ADVISORY: Dec. 18, 2013
CONTACT: Gayla Tinton 325.236.7143
PRESCRIBED BURN PLANNED FOR PORTION OF CROSS FLORIDA GREENWAY
~Visitors likely to see smoke in the area this week~
OCALA – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will conduct a
prescribed burn on the Cross Florida Greenway today, weather permitting.
prescribed burn will consist of nearly 300 acres and will occur approximately 2.5 miles west of the intersection of Highway 484 and State Road 200.
The burn will be on Office of Greenways and Trails managed
fires are only conducted when weather parameters are suitable. The final
decision to burn is made daily, after reviewing the Predicted Fire Weather
forecast for that particular day and after obtaining a burn authorization from
the Florida Forest Service.
Prescribed burning mimics natural
fire cycles to restore healthy forests and natural communities, reduce
undergrowth that accumulates over time and decreases the potential for
wildfire. Burned lands experience an increase in native wildflowers, birds and
For more information on Florida’s award-winning
state parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org. To
learn more about prescribed burning, visit www.goodfires.org.