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Sanibel Prescribed Fire Team evaluating conditions for burn

By Staff | Jun 25, 2020

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The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, in cooperation with the city of Sanibel and other local partners, is planning to conduct a prescribed burn of a portion of the Erick A. Lindblad Preserve in the coming weeks. The prescribed burn will help to preserve the natural ecology of the area and reduce the likelihood of catastrophic wildfires.

Currently a specific date has not been scheduled for the burn; however, the SCCF and its partners will be monitoring the environmental conditions in the coming days and weeks. When forecast conditions become favorable, further information will be provided by the city and its partners. Monitor the city’s Website at www.mysanibel.com for the latest updates.

The Erick A. Lindblad Preserve is located south of Sanibel-Captiva Road between Tarpon Bay Road and Rabbit Road. While no road or park closures are anticipated, 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 burn, contact Public Information Officer Chris Lechowicz at 239-472-3984.