FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brandon Moorebmoore@tampabaywater.org727-791-2304 | 727-470-0702
LITHIA, Fla. (Oct. 14, 2019) – Tampa Bay Water will be conducting “controlled, prescribed burns” during the fall and winter months (October 2019 through March 2020) on the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir property.
The parcels slated for controlled burns are on the mitigation and conservation areas surrounding the reservoir, east of Hobson-Simmons Road, south of Boyette Road, southeast of Browning Road and west of County Road 39.
Controlled burns are part of Tampa Bay Water’s land management program. The controlled burns at the regional reservoir 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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Michelle Stom, MPA, APR Chief Communications Officer O: (727) 791-2305 | M: (727) 418-4652 Brandon Moore, APR Public Communications Manager O: (727) 791-2304 | M: (727) 470-0702