Controlled burn at Mecca Farms to make skies smoky in Acreage, Loxahatchee on Wednesday

Residents of Loxahatchee and The Acreage should expect smoky skies on Wednesday. Weather permitting, the South Florida Water Management District plans to conduct a controlled burn a the former Mecca Farms site.

Residents in Loxahatchee and The Acreage will likely see smoke from the burn.

In a press release, the district says the burn is intended to help prepare the site for its future role of providing water flows to the northwest fork of the Loxahatchee River, and will also reduce wildfire danger to Acreage and Loxahatchee residents by reducing fuel on the ground.

In October 2013 the SFWMD Governing Board approved the acquisition of the Mecca Farms property from Palm Beach County.

The parcel will become a shallow-water storage area capable of sending water east through the C-18 canal and into the northwest fork of the Loxahatchee River.

Key objectives are to supplement flows during the dry season and help prevent saltwater intrusion into the lower reaches of the river.

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