Parts of SWFL to participate in Prescribed Fire Awareness Week

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Hannah Vogel / WINK

Residents in Collier, Hendry and Lee counties will notice smoke starting Sunday in the area during Prescribed Fire Awareness Week.

The Florida Forest Service aims to educate the public about the purpose of prescribed fires, which are widely used in the state, according to a statement from the organization.

“A prescribed fire is conducted under very specific conditions and has benefits to both the environment and public safety,” said the Florida Forest Service. “Prescribed fire is required to maintain a healthy eco-system.” 

The Florida Forest Service said that prescribed fire provides the following benefits:

  • Reduces wildfire risk
  • Improves wildlife or grazing habitats
  • Maintains forest regeneration
  • Cycles nutrients for a healthy ecosystem
  • Preserves fire-dependent species
  • Controls insects and disease problems
  • Improves forest access

Fire officials are using #pardonoursmoke on various social media pages to promote the event.

WINK News reporter Hannah Vogel took a closer look at the techniques used in a prescribed burn:

To learn more, visit the Florida Forest Service website.

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