Many of the native habitats found in Florida depend on fire for ecosystem health. Fires help rejuvenate the land and are essential for reducing exotic populations, maintaining biodiversity, and enhancing habitat for threatened and endangered species.
Land managers simulate the natural fires that have shaped Florida's ecology for thousands of years.
How Fires Help
Prescribed fires help to revive and maintain healthy natural systems by mimicking natural processes. Prescribed burns not only help rejuvenate the land they also reduce wildfire threat to human populations by lowering the amount of flammable vegetation that fuel wildfire intensity.
Burns are conducted by trained personnel during the cooler months to reduce fuel buildup and decrease the likelihood of serious wildfires.