Prescribed burns in the region are set to take place Friday.
According to the Suwannee River Water Management District, contractors will be conducting prescribed fire operations at the Natural Well Branch tract in western Taylor County.
Burns will be conducted east of Cabbage Grove road and west of the Econfina River.
The other burn will be conducted at the Goose Pasture tract in southeastern Jefferson County. Burns will be conducted south of Goose Pasture road and east of the Aucilla River.
The water management district adds for the safety of recreational users, public access to the burn areas will be closed during burning operations.
According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida State Parks website, a prescribed fire, also referred to prescribed burn or controlled burn, is fire applied in a competent manner by a team of fire experts under specified weather conditions to help restore health to ecosystems that depend on fire.
Prescribed fire reduces the likelihood of wildfires and is a cost-effective tool that land managers use to restore our natural plant and wildlife communities.
For more information, contact Scott Gregor, Natural Resource Specialist, at 386-362-8130.