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Controlled Burns Scheduled for C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir

PICNIC and LITHIA, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY — Tampa Bay Water will be conducting “controlled, prescribed burns” during the summer and fall months (July through December 2014) 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, 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 on-site.

Prescribed burns are only conducted when weather conditions allow, so burns will be conducted intermittently over the summer and fall months by certified, experienced personnel. Efforts will be made to ensure that smoke will not affect nearby roads. However, vehicle operators should exercise caution in case smoke does lead to reduced visibility on the area’s roadways.