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Prescribed burns on Sanibel this week

By Staff | Jun 10, 2009

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will conduct prescribed burns on the Foundation’s conservation lands in the Center Tract (along the south side of Sanibel-Captiva Road between MM1 and MM2), and the Frannie’s and Johnston Preserves (along the east side of Tarpon Bay Road) through Friday, June 12, to help preserve the natural ecology of the area and to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic wildfires. Depending on the wind direction and strength, it may be possible to see or smell smoke. Smoke sensitive individuals should keep their windows closed and avoid outdoor activities in the affected areas. For additional details regarding the prescribed burns, please contact SCCF at (239) 472-2329.
To address safety and wildland fire issues on Sanibel, the City of Sanibel, the Sanibel Fire and Rescue District, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge formed the “Sanibel Firewise Task Force.” There are many things a homeowner can do to reduce the wildfire risk around a home. Suggestions include: trimming dead palm fronds from trees, trimming any tall grasses near the home, pruning large, leafy hardwood trees so the lowest branches are six to ten feet above the ground, eliminating combustible materials such as gasoline containers, firewood, and building supplies from being stored under or around the home, and keeping mulch and other landscaping material well watered. For additional information regarding fire and prescribed burning on Sanibel, contact the Natural Resources Department at (239) 472- 3700.