Prescribed Fire

Prescribed Fire. Photo courtesy of Florida Department of Forestry Service

  For the next couple of days Homestead Air Reserve Base will conduct selected prescribed burns over sought by the Florida Department of Forestry Service.

  The scheduled dates are March 30-31.

  According to a release by the 482nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office, community residents could see plumes of smoke from the south and east portions of the base.

  A “prescribed fire” is a tool used to reduce hazardous fuel buildups, or to control disease in the tree population, among other functions that protect the forest and homeowners.

  The Florida Forest Service estimates that an average of over 2 million acres is burned in this manner each year.

  The burn could be postponed if wind conditions are not ideal, as it was from earlier this month. 

  For additional information contact the 482nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office at 786-415-7300. 

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