OCALA – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Office of
Greenways & Trails will conduct a prescribed burn, weather permitting, on the
Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway in Ocala today, Thursday, April 7,
The prescribed burn will consist of approximately 90 acres of Sandhill
community in the area due east of the Silver Springs shores development.
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.