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Controlled burns coming to Apopka


Orange County planning prescribed burns

From The Orange County website

With the goal of preventing future catastrophic wildfires while maintaining natural ecological systems, land managers with the Orange County Parks and Recreation Division are planning to perform prescribed burns within Kelly Park (Rock Springs Run), weather pending, within the next two weeks.

County lands are managed as natural areas and periodic fires are needed to keep the systems in good condition. Fire is a natural and important ecological force, which has shaped these properties over time. Plants and animals that live in these systems are adapted to and depend upon periodic fires for their continued survival.

Benefits of prescribed burning include the removal of accumulated fuels; the increase of wildlife and wildflowers; and the restoration of scenic vistas as undergrowth is reduced.

Land managers need a narrow range of weather conditions outlined in park-specific fire prescriptions in order to burn. These prescriptions consider such things as ground moisture, humidity, wind speed, wind direction and the ability of the atmosphere to carry smoke harmlessly away from the area. The Florida Forest Service must agree with fire prescriptions and issue permits to allow prescribed fire.

For more information regarding these burns, please contact Mandy K. Zimmer, the Public Relations Officer for Orange County Parks and Recreation at 407-836-6257 or go here.

Kelly Park, Orange County Parks and Recreation, Prescribed Burns, Rock Springs Run


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