To fight fire with fire, the Southwest Florida Water Management District has scheduled controlled burns between October and December for its lands in Citrus County.

“Setting prescribed fires in controlled settings can reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control,” the agency (SWFWMD) said Thursday, Oct. 14, in a news release, “as many Floridians witnessed during the state’s wildfire emergency in 2017.”

According to SWFWMD, the agency conducts prescribed fires on around 30,000 acres each year to maintain habitats, public access and curb overgrown vegetation, which could fuel a wildfire in the future.

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SWFWMD crews will burn 1,000 acres in small, manageable sections within Potts Preserve, located east of Hernando and northeast of Inverness, and bordered by the Withlacoochee River to the east.

A 700-acre fire is being planned for Flying Eagle Preserve, which is southeast of Inverness and northeast of Floral City, and a 50-acre burn has also been slated for the Chassahowitzka River and Coastal Swamps south of Homosassa and west of U.S. 19.