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.