Prescribed burn set for today in Barberville
Volusia County’s Resource Stewardship Division will conduct a 6-acre prescribed burn beginning at 11 a.m. today in Barberville.
The burn will take place west of County Road 3. It is about a quarter mile north of State Road 40.
For more information about the burn, call the Resource Stewardship Division at 386-943-7081.
Historically, nature provided all the tools needed to maintain healthy habitats of natural lands. Due to development, of exotic species and user impacts, most natural lands are overgrown. Human intervention is now needed to provide the factors necessary for a healthy habitat.
To restore and maintain the diversity of the ecosystem, prescribed fire is one of the many tools to manage conservation lands. Prescribed fire has many benefits, such as eliminating dry and overgrown vegetation, reducing the risk of wildfires, increasing seeding, fruiting and forage quality in plants, and improving wildlife habitats.
A controlled or prescribed burn, also known as hazard reduction burning, backfire, or a burn-off, is a fire set intentionally for purposes of forest management, farming, prairie restoration or greenhouse gas abatement. A controlled burn may also refer to the intentional burning of slash and fuels through burn piles.
Fire is a natural part of both forest and grassland ecology and controlled fire can be a tool for foresters.
While other land management treatments are sometimes used, prescribed fire is the most effective, because of the complex chemical, biological and physical processes that fire stimulates.
For more information about prescribed burns, visit volusia.org/prescribed-burning.
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