UPDATE: Prescribed burn of preserve complete
UPDATE: At 3:15 p.m. today, the city of Sanibel reported that the prescribed burn operations at the Sanibel Gardens Preserve are complete and the city has been given the “all clear.” The site will continue to be monitored overnight and for the next several days. Occasional smoke may be seen from the area for several days. For information on future prescribed burns, monitor the city’s website www.mysanibel.com.
ORIGINAL (July 24, 2019:
In cooperation with the city and other local partners, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is planning to conduct a prescribed burn of a portion of the Sanibel Gardens Preserve on July 25.
The burn will help to preserve the area’s natural ecology and reduce the likelihood of wildfires.
Officials reported today that 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.
The Sanibel Gardens Preserve is located west of Tarpon Bay Road, between Island Inn Road and Sanibel-Captiva Road. On the burn map, Burn Units 3 and 4 are the only locations scheduled.
On the day of the burn, all areas of the Sanibel Gardens Preserve will be closed to the public.
Additionally, the east portion of Island Inn Road, between Tarpon Bay and the gate, and the west portion of Island Inn Road, from east of Raintree Place east to the gate, will be closed to all non-local vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic beginning at 7:30 a.m. In addition, Sanibel Boulevard will be closed to all vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
The Bailey Tract at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge will be open, but pedestrian and bicycle access from the Bailey Tract to Island Inn Road will be closed.
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.
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 and furniture indoors. Ash and smoke associated with a prescribed burn cannot be prevented.
After 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 notifications about future prescribed burns, contact Joel Caouette at 239-472-3700 or Joel.Caouette@mysanibel.com.
For questions on the day of the burn, contact Holly Milbrandt at 239-470-4005.