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Prescribed burn planned for Veterans Memorial Parkway

Post Date:11/13/2017 4:02 PM

UPDATE: The prescribed burn that was scheduled for Dec. 7 was canceled by the Florida Forest Service (FFS) due to low dispersion (how the smoke will rise into the atmosphere) numbers identified in this morning’s fire weather forecast. The FFS will continue to monitor the weather daily and will advise in coming weeks if weather permits another attempt.

Port Saint Lucie, FL –The Florida Forest Service, Okeechobee District will be conducting a prescribed burn off S.E. Veterans Memorial Parkway and S.E. Hideaway Circle. The prescribed burn will consist of approximately 20-acres, weather permitting.  

In July, the Florida Forest Service significantly reduced the wildfire risk to two communities north of Veterans Memorial Parkway. A combination of mowing and chopping reduced the height and density of the overgrown vegetation. ThisBurn Block for SE Veterans Memorial Parkway treatment reduced future fire intensity and improved firefighter access.  A prescribed fire will remove the woody debris littering the forest floor from the mechanical treatment. Within a few weeks of rain, new growth will sprout from the ash enriched forest floor.    

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. 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. 

The Florida Forest Service manages more than one million acres of public forestland while protecting 26 million acres of homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire.  To learn more about Florida Forest Service programs, visit www.FloridaForestService.com.   

SOURCE: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services press release

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