2,500-acre prescribed burn set for Monday at state park


Motorists will likely see smoke from a 2,500-acre prescribed burn set for Monday at St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park.

The time range for the burn was not immediately available. Authorities will scorch pine flatwoods in the northwestern part of the park, officials said.

The park stretches from southern Brevard County to northern Indian River County. Smoke advisories will be posted for the areas near the blaze, authorities said.

Prescribed burns help to prevent uncontrollable wildfires.

The controlled burns mimic natural fire cycles to restore healthy forests and natural communities. The burns diminish undergrowth – a fuel for fires – that builds up overtime.

Burned lands experience growth in native wildflowers, birds and other wildlife.

Prescribed burns are only conducted when weather conditions are favorable. Those who want to conduct controlled burns must first get authorization from the Florida Forest Service.


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