Jonathan Dickinson State Park: Prescribed burn planned Wednesday in Hobe Sound

HOBE SOUND, Fla. (AP) — State fire officials will be conducting a prescribed burn at a state park in Hobe Sound.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Jonathan Dickinson State Park has the burn planned for Wednesday, weather permitting. It'll include up to 130 acres of scrub near U.S.1 and Hobe Mountain Tower.

State park officials said in a statement that prescribed burning mimics natural fire cycles to restore healthy forests and natural communities, reduce undergrowth that accumulates over time and decreases the potential for wildfire. Burned lands experience an increase in native wildflowers, birds and other wildlife.

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