525-Acre Prescribed Burn Causing Visibility Issues in South Brevard Due to Smoke
By Space Coast Daily // March 4, 2020
visibility issues first came in around 3 p.m.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Emergency Management Office is warning motorists in south Brevard about a 525-acre prescribed burn in Indian River County that is causing visibility issues due to ash and smoke in the Palm Bay area.
Officials advise motorists should use caution when approaching the area.
Reports on visibility issues first came in around 3 p.m.
A prescription fire is a set of conditions that considers the safety of the public and fire staff, weather, and probability of meeting the burn objectives.
Prescribed burning is an essential, cost-effective tool for restoring and maintaining the natural plant and animal communities in Florida’s Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system.
FWC biologists and land managers work closely with the Florida Forest Service to obtain a burn permit before beginning any controlled burns on Florida’s WMAs.
The prescribed fires are conducted by highly trained and professional staffers when weather conditions are suitable.
The Florida Park Service uses mobile teams to apply fire across the state.
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