Port Richey, Florida -- If you're seeing smoke in the Port Richey area Wednesday, don't worry. The Florida DEP is conducting a prescribed burn today, Oct. 2 at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park.
The prescribed burn will consist of approximately 60 acres Mesic Flatwoods, Scrubby Flatwoods and Salt Marsh located just west of US Highway 19 North between Ridge Road and Salt Springs Road.
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.
For more information on Florida's award-winning state parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org. To learn more about prescribed burning, visit www.goodfires.org.