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Prescribed burn beginning today at Tradewinds Park

The Florida Division of Forestry is scheduled to burn a parcel of land in Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, weather permitting, between Monday, May 17 and Friday, May 21. The burn may be attempted on any day during this time period in which the required weather conditions are met, such as winds from the east or southeast and adequate moisture levels – neither too dry nor too wet.

A prescribed fire will take place in the pine flatwoods about a quarter of a mile south of Wiles Road and just west of Florida’s Turnpike. The burn will help to maintain the health and regenerate the vegetation of this area. Without burning, invasive plants such as Brazilian pepper will invade the pine flatwoods, suppress the native vegetation, and make the site unsuitable for native wildlife. Prescribed burning also reduces the amount of dried and dead plants on the property, which could easily be ignited and create an uncontrolled wildfire.

The prescribed burn will be conducted by the professionally trained firefighters of the Florida Division of Forestry in conjunction with Broward County Parks and Recreation Division. Every effort will be made to minimize the smoke from this activity, although residents with preexisting lung or cardiovascular conditions, the elderly, and small children should consider remaining indoors or leaving the vicinity for the duration of the burn. Anyone who needs to know the exact day of the burn should call and leave a name and number to be added to a contact list.

Specific weather conditions are required, such as easterly or southeasterly winds and adequate humidity, for the prescribed burn to be conducted. If the weather conditions are not met during the week of the tentatively scheduled burn, the fire will be postponed.

WHERE: Tradewinds Environmentally Sensitive Lands within Tradewinds Park
3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek

WHEN: Between Monday, May 17 and Friday, May 21.

WHO: Florida Division of Forestry in conjunction with Broward County Parks and Recreation Division

For further information, call Tradewinds at

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on May 17 2010. Filed under Broward County, Coconut Creek, Fire/police, Local news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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