Prescribed Burns Scheduled for C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir Property
For Immediate Release
LITHIA, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2019) —Tampa Bay Water will be conducting “controlled, prescribed burns” during the winter and spring months (January through June 2019) on the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir property. The first burn is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.
The parcels slated for controlled burns are on the mitigation and conservation areas surrounding the reservoir, east of Hobson-Simmons Road, southeast of Browning Road and west of County Road 39.
Controlled burns are part of Tampa Bay Water’s land management program. The burns at the regional reservoir property 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 winter and spring 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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