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Prescribed Burn Planned for Portion of the Cross Florida Greenway

~ Shangri-La Area likely to see prescribed burn this week~

OCALA – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Office of Greenways & Trails expects to conduct a prescribed burn on a portion of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway (Shangri-La Area) tomorrow on Tuesday, March 15, weather permitting.

The prescribed burn will consist of approximately 181 acres of sandhill in the area north of CR 484 and just west of 49th Avenue, near the Belleview exit off of I-75. Prescribed fires are only conducted when weather parameters are suitable. The final decision to burn is made daily, after reviewing the Predicted Fire Weather forecast for that particular day and in coordination with local Division of Forestry fire officials.

Prescribed burning mimics natural fire cycles to restore healthy forests and natural communities, reduce undergrowth that accumulates over time and decreases the potential for wildfire. Burned lands experience an increase in native wildflowers, birds and other wildlife.

For information or updates on the status of the prescribed burn, please contact Mickey Thomason at (352) 236-7143 or (352) 427-0630.



Last updated: March 14, 2011

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