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Smoke May Be Visible South of SR 100 From Controlled Burn at Bulow State Park

| February 11, 2016

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The area of the fire. Click on the image for larger view.

Smoke may be visible today (Feb. 11) in the area of State Road 100 and Old Kings Road as the result of a planned, prescribed fire in Bulow Park, Flagler County government said in a release today.

The Flagler County Land Management Department is working with Flagler County Fire Rescue, Florida Forest Service and private consultants within a nearly 80 acre area of Bulow Park. Smoke may be visible throughout the day.

This prescribed fire, also referred to as a “controlled” fire, will remove the hazardous level of fuel on the property. Potential fires have a greater risk of being destructive the longer vegetation accumulates.

“Excess fuel causes fires to burn hotter and move faster, which can cause unpredictable results,” said Tim Telfer, public lands and natural resources manager. “Wildfires can cause immense economic damage and result in the loss of habitat for wildlife.”

Prescribed fire greatly reduces the potential for wildfire. It opens the forest floor and increases plant diversity for wildlife, including gopher tortoises. Within a week of the fire, new plant life will start to grow.

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