SWFWMD schedules prescribed fires for DeSoto, Charlotte Counties
The Land Management Section of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will be conducting prescribed burns during the months of October, November, and December on the Deep Creek Preserve in Desoto County, and on the Prairie/Shell Creek Preserve in Charlotte County.
The Deep Creek Preserve is located northeast of Port Charlotte, west of King’s Highway and north of Deep Creek Estates. Approximately 190 acres will be burned, in small, manageable units.
The Prairie/Shell Creek Preserve is located to the west of US Highway 17, north of Shell Creek. Approximately 140 acres will be burned, in small, manageable units.
According to Will VanGelder, the District’s land management supervisor, burns are implemented to mimic natural fire cycles under a controlled situation. The objective is to avert uncontrolled wildfires and enhance the area’s natural conditions by maintaining the ecological and wildlife habitat values. Prescribed burns are only conducted when weather conditions are optimal to meet the desired objectives and to minimize impacts to the public.
Although every effort will be made to assure that smoke does not affect homes or highways, vehicle operators should exercise caution if smoke reduces visibility on the area’s roads or highways.