The Florida Forest Service is conducting a 403-acre prescribed burn on state lands south of Intersate 10 just east of Harold today.

Smoke will be visible from the interstate but north to northwest winds should limit the impact to south of the burn area. Please see attached map of the projected smoke plume impact zone.

Prescribed fire is one of the most effective and efficient tools in land management. Florida’s ecosystems have adapted over time to not only accept fire as part of the natural landscape but some species require regular fire activity in order to survive. In addition to the ecological benefits, prescribed burns also help reduce the dangers of wildfires by removing much of the undergrowth within a certain area and eliminating the fuel wildfires need in order to spread.