Prescribed Burn Planned for FL State Park

HOBE SOUND, Fla. (AP) — A prescribed burn has been planned for Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound, its third so far this year.

Thursday’s prescribed burn will include about 400 acres of pine flatwoods in the middle of the park. Another 600 acres were burned during the first two burns.

They are conducted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection when weather permits. The final decision to burn is made after reviewing the fire weather forecast for that day and after obtaining a burn authorization from the Florida Forest Service.

The FDEP says prescribed burns mimic 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.

Source: Associated Press