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Posted January 31, 2020 | 3:40 PM

Hillsborough Holds Prescribed Fire Fest on Saturday

Prescribed burn demos, helicopter bucket drop highlights of festival

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2020) Residents are invited to see first-hand this weekend how professionals use fire to help the environment and reduce the chances of devastating wildfires.

Prescribed Fire Fest is a family friendly festival that shows the benefits of prescribed fire through interactive games, displays and demonstrations. Fire management professionals will demonstrate a prescribed burn and methods of fighting fires, including a helicopter bucket drop. The festival includes a guided nature hike, environmental displays, and food.

Hillsborough County conducts dozens of prescribed burns each year to control invasive vegetation, reduce the severity of future wildfires, and improve the habitats of plant and animal species that depend on periodic fire.

Prescribed Fire Fest is hosted by Hillsborough County Conservation & Environmental Lands Management, in partnership with the Florida Forest Service, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Friends of the County Parks and other agencies. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Edward Medard Conversation Park, 6140 Turkey Creek Road in Plant City. The event is free, but a $2 park entry fee applies.

The event takes place during Florida's Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, Jan. 26 to Feb. 1.

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