The City of Titusville, Florida / Water Resources / NewsPrescribed Burn Scheduled for Titusville Wellfield Area
TITUSVILLE, FL - (November 28, 2016) – The Florida Forest Service has scheduled a prescribed burn for the City of Titusville’s Area III Wellfield. The wellfield is located on the south end of the city and is bordered on the west by Barna Avenue, the north by Cheney Highway, the south by River Oaks Drive, and on the east by Key Largo Drive and Sandra Drive. The burn is scheduled to begin in December and will take place over several days. The burn days are dependent upon weather conditions. State of Florida Forest Service crews will be onsite to manage the burn.
Prescribed Burn Scheduled for Titusville Wellfield Area
Homeowners in residential areas near the burn should be aware of the possibility of smoke in the area.
Prescribed burns (fire) are thought to have many benefits to ecosystems. One of the primary benefits of the burn is the reduction of wildfire risk by reducing the amount of fuel available for a fire. Prescribed burns are also used to improve wildlife habitat and to preserve endangered plant and animal species through the removal of invasive plants, which allows for native plants to return and grow. The native plants in turn provide both food and shelter for the wildlife dependent upon them for survival.
Titusville’s Area III Wellfield is home to the endangered plant species, Dicerandra thinicola Miller, also known as Titusville Mint. Dicerandra thinicola is thought to benefit from prescribed burns with increased growth and flowering.
The Florida Forest Service treated more than 200,000 acres of Florida state forests with prescribed burns during 2015. The Florida Forest Service is a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For questions regarding the prescribed burn, please contact the Florida Forest Service at (321) 690-6466.