Ralph Arwood Photography


Saturday, December 5, 2015 12:16 PM

At the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary we use prescribed burning to maintain healthy habitats. The pine flatwoods are a fire depend community. The pines and palmettos are fire tolerant. Without fire they would be replaced by hardwoods over time. Burning every few years keeps the fuel load down so that there is less risk of a dangerous wildfire during our frequent summer lightning storms.

Conducting a safe burn requires a lot of planning and preparation, the correct weather and skilled personnel. Below is a sample of what it is like working the fire line.