MEDIA ADVISORY: Jan. 8, 2013
PRESCRIBED BURN PLANNED FOR PORTION OF CROSS FLORIDA GREENWAY
~Visitors likely to see prescribed burn this week and next week~
OCALA – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Cross Florida Greenway will conduct a prescribed burn from Jan. 9 to Jan. 18, weather permitting.
The prescribed burn will consist of approximately 156 acres, and the approximate location of burn is 3 miles southeast of the intersection of State Road 200 and Highway 484. Prescribed 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.
Some biking trails may be closed during a burn day. The paved
trails will not be affected by the burn. To inquire if a biking trail is closed
during this time, please call the Cross Florida Greenway staff at (352)
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 other wildlife.
For more information on Florida’s award-winning state parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org. To learn more about prescribed burning, visit www.goodfires.org.