Working With Fire
“Studies and experience have shown that wildfires occur less frequently, burn less intensively, and cause less damage when fuels have been reduced by prescribed burning.” (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services)
The Everglades becomes the River of Fire when fire managers burn the sawgrass prairies. Watch how Everglades National Park uses helicopters and airboats to skillfully conduct a prescribed burn in the fire-dependent sawgrass prairie ecosystem.
View this excellent new 13-min video: "River of Fire", documenting a prescribed fire in Everglades National Park. The footage was shot during a 31,000-acre prescribed fire November 29th and 30th, 2011
Here's a frame showing the burn crew - see anybody familiar?
Do you ever wonder what really happens to deer, bears, and other wildlife in the path of a wildfire? What does wildlife do when lightning sparks wildfire or people are careless with matches and campfires? This 4:00 minute video, narrated by smokejumper Mike McMillan, looks at wildfire from the animals' point of view.
Public safety agencies manage for risk reduction from home and wildfires. Public conservation land managers manage for biodiversity and habitat health. Periodic prescribed burns are essential in order to meet both of these missions. Uncontrollable wildfires due to lightning strikes occur infrequently, however when they do occur they can damage habitats and residential homes. Prescribed burns reduce these risks and promote growth of grasses and herbs important to wildlife. A group has formed to help address this threat to people, property and healthy habitat. The US Fish and Wildlife Service, FAVOR, Florida Division of Forestry, Monroe County, Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department, American Red Cross and The Nature Conservancy are cooperating on this effort.
The group periodically identifies and prioritizes threatened neighborhoods and develops strategies for reducing wildfire threats. These strategies include informing or assisting residents with fuel reduction, and increasing local fire suppression capabilities.
When conditions are safe, the Refuge will conduct its scheduled burns, and the Division of Forestry and Nature Conservancy will further reduce fire danger on Big Pine by leading prescribed burns on bordering properties. With the support of the community, this will be the beginning of an ongoing, proactive wildfire hazard reduction program, enabling the restoration of healthy and safe pinelands Keys-wide.
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Last modified: March 22, 2013