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Prescribed burn of Center Tract and Postell Tract scheduled today

By Staff | Jun 28, 2016

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) and the City of Sanibel will conduct a prescribed burn of approximately 85-acres of the SCCF Center Tract and City of Sanibel’s Postell Tract today.

A change in forecast conditions may result in postponement of the burn until Wednesday, June 29, or Thursday, June 30, or cancelation of the planned prescribed burn. The prescribed burn will help to preserve the natural ecology of the area and reduce the likelihood of catastrophic wildfires.

The SCCF Center Tract and City’s Postell Tract are located east of Rabbit Road, south of Sanibel-Captiva Road, as well as north and west of the Lake Murex subdivision.

Ignition is expected at approximately 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 28, with completion of the burn by 5 p.m. Current weather forecasts are suitable for the burn. However, a change in forecast conditions may result in postponement of the burn or cancelation of the planned prescribed burn until further notice. Monitor the City’s website www.mysanibel.com for the latest updates.

Adhere to all signs, road closures, and instructions about closed areas provided by law enforcement and fire personnel. Access into the burn unit will be strictly prohibited during the prescribed fire operation.

While the burn is being conducted, there will be a Public Information Station at the SCCF Nature Center at 3333 Sanibel Captiva Road to provide more information on the status of the burn. For questions on the day of the burn, visit the Public Information Station, or contact Chris Lechowicz, Public Information Officer at (239) 470-3313.

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. Residents and visitors are also encouraged to close their windows, cover pools, and move cars undercover and furniture indoors. Adhere to all warning signs and instructions provided by law enforcement and fire personnel. Ash and smoke associated with a prescribed burn cannot be prevented.

After the ignition of the prescribed burn has been completed, there may be occasional smoke seen from the burned area for several days. Fire personnel will monitor the burned area and adjacent roads taking all precautions necessary to have personnel and equipment on site to minimize fire activity and smoke impacts to the public.

To be included on the City’s list of Smoke Sensitive Individuals and receive notification regarding future prescribed burns on Sanibel, please contact Joel Caouette at the City of Sanibel at (239) 472-3700 or email Joel.Caouette@mysanibel.com.