SWFWMD Schedules Prescribed Burns for the Nature Coast

Setting prescribed fires in controlled settings can reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control, as many Floridians witnessed during the state’s wildfire emergency in early spring.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will be conducting prescribed burns throughout Citrus, Hernando and Pasco Counties during November through March 2018. Several locations will be affected.

Hernando County Locations

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will be conducting prescribed burns November through March 2018 at Annuteliga Hammock and Weekiwachee Preserve in Hernando County.

Annuteliga Hammock is located east of U.S. Highway 19, north of Centralia Road and south of the county line. Approximately 300 acres will be burned in small, manageable units.

Weekiwachee Preserve is located west of U.S. Highway 19 between Spring Hill and Hernando Beach. Approximately 400 acres will be burned in small, manageable units. Some trails may be temporarily closed during prescribed burn events.

Rangers conducting a controlled burn. Image courtesy of Susan Strawbridge

Citrus County Locations

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will be conducting prescribed burns November through March 2018 on Potts Preserve and the Two Mile Prairie Connector parcel in Citrus County.

Potts Preserve is located approximately two miles east of the City of Hernando and three-and-a-half miles north-northeast of Inverness. The property is east and southeast of State Road 200 and north of Turner Camp Road and is bounded by the Withlacoochee River on the east. Approximately 600 acres will be burned in small, manageable units.

The Two Mile Prairie Connector property is located approximately five miles north-northeast of the City of Hernando and seven miles southeast of Dunnellon. This parcel is located on State Road 200 approximately 350 yards southwest of the Lecanto Highway intersection. Approximately 200 acres will be burned in small, manageable units.

After the prescribed burn, the sandhill ecosystem is ready to grow again and the wildfire danger is greatly reduced. Image courtesy of Susan Strawbridge.

Pasco County Locations

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will be conducting prescribed burns November through March 2018 at Weekiwachee Preserve in Pasco County.

Weekiwachee Preserve is located north of Hudson, west of U.S. Highway 19 and includes the Aripeka Sandhills (Aripeka Road) tract. Approximately 50 acres will be burned in small, manageable units.

Some major benefits of prescribed fire include:

• Reducing overgrown plants, which decreases the risk of catastrophic wildfires
• Promoting the growth of new, diverse plants
• Maintaining the character and condition of wildlife habitat
• Maintaining access for public recreation

The District conducts prescribed fires on approximately 30,000 acres each year. Click here for a quick look at what it’s like along the fire line.

2 thoughts on “SWFWMD Schedules Prescribed Burns for the Nature Coast”

  1. I am told all the smoke in the air tonight is a controlled burn. Anyway to get *advance* notice on these? …for asthmatics to prepare accordingly?

    1. I would check with SWFWMD Jenny. That is a good question. We published all the info we have. SWFWMD is in Brooksville.

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