300-acre prescribed burn in Hobe Sound

Rob Rossmanith spends most of his day lighting fires.

"Its a fun part of the job sometimes, it an also be a stressful part of the job," said Rossmanith.

Rossmanith is the park biologist at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound.

He and dozens of fire rangers conducted a prescribed burn.

The focus is  at the South End of Southeast Flora Avenue.

"It tough its part of the job the fire here right next to us is really hot so it's something we have to deal with," said Rossmanith.

The team usually waits until the summer. There's more moisture on the ground. But temperatures are in the 80's. The drought index is climbing, and the crew feels as though 300 acres needed to be burned today.

"If it gets too dry it gets shut down, we can't do any prescribed burns so that's why we have to do it now because we don't want any fires to escape," said Rossmanith.

Hot temperatures, dry conditions, and the wind. It's a tough mix if things get out of control.

"The fire will flare up, if something like that were to happen you can potentially have a problem," said Rossmanith.

A problem that sometimes can't be avoided. The team release on local weather forecasts.

"We try to burn year round different times of the year we have different winds so we try to take advantage of those winds," said Rossmanith.

In total, 3,000 acres of brush will be burned this year at Dickinson State Park. Brush that will blossom back to it's greenery.

"Come back in 3 months, it will look gorgeous, people will notice  who bike and hike, they know this is a good thing," said Rossmanith.

 

 


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