District Schedules Prescribed Fires for West Hernando County

News Release

The "Land Management Section of the Southwest Florida Water Management
District ":http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/documents/plans/landusemgmt/ (District) will be conducting prescribed burns during the months of November through March at Annuteliga Hammock in Hernando County. The property is comprised of several blocks and is located east of US Highway 19 and north of Centralia Road and south of the county line. Approximately 300 acres will be burned in small, manageable units.

The District will also be conducting prescribed burns at Weekiwachee Preserve in Hernando County. The property is located west of US Highway 19 between Spring Hill and Hernando Beach. Approximately 400 acres will be burned in small, manageable units.

According to Will VanGelder, the District's land management supervisor, burns are implemented to mimic natural fire cycles under a controlled situation. The objective is to avert uncontrolled wildfires and enhance the area's natural conditions by maintaining the ecological and wildlife habitat values. Prescribed burns are only conducted when weather conditions are optimal to meet the desired objectives and to minimize impacts to the public.

Although every effort will be made to assure that smoke does not affect homes or highways, vehicle operators should exercise caution if smoke reduces visibility on the area's roads or highways.