District Schedules Summer Prescribed Fires for Pasco County

News Release

The Land Management Section of the "Southwest Florida Water Management District":http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/ (District) will be conducting prescribed burns during the months of June, July and August on the following properties: Starkey Wilderness Preserve, Conner Preserve and Cypress Creek Preserve in Pasco County.

These properties are located in central and southwestern Pasco County. See the following website for location maps for each property "www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation":http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/. Several thousand acres will be burned in manageable units by experienced crews.

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.