Arbor Culture 5/25/14: Controlled burns promote health of forest ecosystem

The term “prescribed burn” refers to the fact that the burn is conducted following a written prescription detailing the site, the desired weather parameters, the equipment and personnel needed to safely conduct the burn, and other information, such as downwind smoke considerations and any special items noted (such as bales of hay present, piles of logging slash, etc.).

A major controlled burn is planned for today in the Citrus Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest.

Weather permitting, the Florida Forest Service will conduct a 987-acre prescribed burn in the Lecanto area, southeast of the intersection of State Road 44 and County Road 491, and east of the Citrus County jail, according to the service.

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