Prescribed Burns Scheduled for Cypress Creek Wellfield
For Immediate Release
LITHIA, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2018) – Tampa Bay Water will be conducting “controlled, prescribed burns” during the fall and winter months (November 2018 through March 2019) on the Cypress Creek Wellfield property. The first burn is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.
The parcels slated for controlled burns are on conservation areas on the Cypress Creek Wellfield, east of Ehren Cutoff, south of State Road 52 and west of Old Pasco Road.
Controlled burns are part of Tampa Bay Water’s land management program. The burns at the Cypress Creek Wellfield are prescribed to remove nuisance plant species, encourage the growth of native species and decrease wildfire severity by reducing the amount of flammable vegetation.
Prescribed burns are only conducted when weather conditions allow, so burns will take place intermittently over the fall and winter months by certified, experienced personnel. Efforts are made to ensure that smoke will not affect nearby roads. However, vehicle operators should exercise caution in case smoke leads to reduced visibility on the area’s roadways.
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