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Prescribed burn planned for Escribano Point WMA

News Release

Friday, January 09, 2015

Media contact: Bekah Nelson, 850-767-3619

On Saturday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) plans to conduct a prescribed burn on 4,500 acres of Escribano Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Santa Rosa County.

The burn is a cooperative effort between the FWC, Eglin Air Force Base, Northwest Florida Water Management District, and several other agencies.

 The teams are expecting northeast winds and low humidity, which are optimal conditions for an expedient burn.

 The benefits of the burn include the reduction of vegetative matter on the ground that may contribue to catastrophic wildfires and to help restore the habitat and maintain the ecosystem.

The burn is expected to be finished in one day. The public should expect to see smoke from the fire throughout the weekend.

For more information regarding the prescribed burn, contact Barbara Almario at 850-957-6170.

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