PRESCRIBED BURN PLANNED FOR PORTION OF CROSS FLORIDA GREENWAY

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MEDIA ADVISORY: March 27, 2013

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PRESCRIBED BURN PLANNED FOR PORTION OF CROSS FLORIDA GREENWAY

~Visitors and nearby residents likely to see prescribed burn this week~

OCALA – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway will conduct a prescribed burn on March 28, weather permitting.

The prescribed burn will consist of approximately 190 acres and will take place approximately two miles west of Intersection Highway 484 and State Road 200 on the Greenway.

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.

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.

To learn more about prescribed burning, visit www.goodfires.org. For more information on Florida’s award-winning state parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.