Prescribed burn of underbrush: Management controls fuel loads and potential wildfires, benefits native plants

Uploaded by on Feb 20, 2012  | Prescribed Burning is the planned application of fire to natural fuels or vegetation in order to accomplish a specific management goal. By reducing fuel sources, communities reduce the likelihood that wildfires will be able to escalate and cause further damage to homes, recreational areas, and community businesses. Without ample fuels, fires are less likely to grow to uncontrollable sizes, which make them difficult to suppress. Prescribed burning is frequently used in Florida communities to manage vegetative fuels. However, many residents are unaware of the necessity or benefits of this management technique. As part of the public outreach component of the Highlands County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), CSA International, Inc. created an informational video to document the role of prescribed burning in wildfire mitigation efforts throughout the County. The video features a prescribed burn performed in August 2009 by Florida Forest Service personnel on a platted subdivision east of Highlands Hammock State Park.

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