Controlled burn north of SR 26

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.

The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 122-acre prescribed burn today on the Hatchet Creek Tract of the Newnans Lake Conservation Area.

The Hatchet Creek Tract is north of State Road 26 in Alachua County.

The controlled burn is for ecological reasons, according to an agency news release.

"Its benefits include restoring and maintaining natural communities, reducing chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases and opening scenic vistas," the news release states. "Prescribed fires help prevent wildfires by burning off fuels that naturally build up over time, while also helping to control the growth of woody shrubs."

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