HOBE SOUND, Fl. - If you are anywhere in northern Palm Beach County or Martin County on Thursday you might notice a large amount of smoke.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Jonathan Dickinson State Park will conduct a prescribed burn on Thursday April 25 th, 2013, weather permitting.
The FDEP says the prescribed burn will consist of approximately 278 acres of pine flatwoods east of the powerlines and north of Park Drive.
Prescribed fires are only conducted when weather parameters are suitable.
The final decision to burn is made daily, after reviewing the Predicted Fire Weather forecast for that particular day and after obtaining a burn authorization from the Florida Forest Service.
Environmental officials says 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.