Field Day Fuels Awareness about Prescribed Fires
Prescribed burning is a time-honored land management tool that's been in use for centuries. Now, you can see first-hand how the professionals apply this tactic to protect life and land.
A first-ever Prescribed Fire Field Day, hosted by Hillsborough County Conservation & Environmental Lands Management, is designed to be a family-friendly festival to show residents the benefits of prescribed fire.
The event takes place during Florida's Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, Jan. 27 to Feb. 3.
Prescribed Fire Field Day is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Edward Medard Conversation Park, 6140 Turkey Creek Road in Plant City. The festival is free, but a $2 park entry fee applies.
Highlights of the event include prescribed fire demonstrations, a helicopter bucket drop, and a chance to see tools of the trade and talk with the professionals who manage conservation lands. Participants can enjoy a guided nature hike will take place, and kids and adults can get a close-up look at a helicopter formerly used for fighting forest fires.
Partner agencies will have displays and demonstrations, and food trucks will be on hand if all that excitement works up an appetite.
All of Florida's natural habitats have evolved over thousands of years with the help of fire. Without prescribed fire in today's world, many of these habitats would become overgrown and cease to exist.
Unlike uncontrolled wildfire, prescribed fire is rarely harmful to wildlife.