|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||Contact: Samantha Quinn|
| 1,400 Acre Prescribed Burn at Picayune Strand State Forest
Collier County, Fla – Caloosahatchee Forestry Center will be conducting a 1,400-acre aerial ignition prescribed burn October 12th at Picayune Strand State Forest.
The boundary of the prescribed burn are Everglades Boulevard South, on the West side, 52nd Avenue Southeast, on the North end, Old 66th Southeast, on the South end, and Fackunion Canal, on the East side. The forest is positioned East of Naples, South of I-75, and North of US 41. Motorists and residents should exercise caution in the area.
Prescribed fire is a safe way to apply a natural process, ensure ecosystem health, and reduce the wildfire risk. The prescribed fire will help reduce woody understory made up of saw palmetto, needle cast, leaf litter, and grassy surface fuels. This will help maintain an open canopy allowing more sunlight to penetrate to ground cover plants, recycles nutrients, reduces accumulated dead fuels, improves forest access, while promoting habitat management.
The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests, provides management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests, while protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FloridaForestService.com.
For questions about burn authorizations and wildfire prevention, please contact your local Florida Forest Service field unit office at (239) 690-8000.