A 55-acre prescribed fire is being burned Thursday along the northern boundary of the Moses Creek Conservation Area in St. Johns County, according to the St. Johns River Water Management District.
The purpose of the burn is to reduce wildfire possibilities and restore the ecology of the nature preserve, which is bordered on the south by Florida 206, west by U.S. 1 and the Matanzas River on the east.and ecological restoration.
Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned burn purposefully set under stringent conditions to control its effects. Its helps reduce chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuates fire-adapted plants and animals, cycles nutrients, controls tree diseases and opens scenic vistas.
Before conducting a burn, the district ensures that wind and other weather conditions are correct for controlling the fire and minimizing smoke impacts residents and traffic.