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UPDATE: Prescribed burn canceled

By Staff | Nov 22, 2019

UPDATE:

On Nov. 21, the city of Sanibel reported that today’s prescribed burn of the Frannie’s and Johnston Preserves has been canceled due to a change in the weather forecast. The fire team is continuing to monitor fire forecasts, with the next potential burn opportunity occurring on Nov. 26. If weather is not suitable at that time, additional opportunities will be considered for Dec. 2. Monitor the city’s website www.mysanibel.com for the latest updates.

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ORIGINAL (Nov. 19, 2019):

In cooperation with the city and other local partners, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is planning to conduct a prescribed burn on a portion of the Frannie’s and C.R. Johnston Preserves on Nov. 22, according to the city.

The burn will help to preserve the area’s natural ecology and reduce the likelihood of wildfires.

Current weather forecasts are suitable for the burn. However, a change in forecast conditions may result in postponement of the burn or cancellation of the planned prescribed burn until further notice.

Monitor the city’s Website at www.mysanibel.com for the latest updates.

The Frannie’s and C.R. Johnston Preserves are located east of Tarpon Bay Road and north of West Gulf Drive. While no road or park closures are anticipated, the public is asked to adhere to all signs, road closures and instructions about closed areas provided by law enforcement and fire personnel.

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.