HOBE SOUND, Fla. -- A prescribed burn is planned this week for a state park in Hobe Sound.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Jonathan Dickinson State Park will conduct prescribed burns Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. About 600 acres of pine flatwoods in the middle of the park and one area near the Loxahatchee River will be burned.
State wildlife officials say 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.