11,800 acres will be burned in Polk, Sumer, Lake, and Pasco Counties

June 20, 2020

By: Jim Frankowiak

PASCO Fla. – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is conducting a series of prescribed burns through September on the Lower Hillsborough Flood Detention Area, which is located south of Cross Creek Boulevard between U.S. Highway 301 and Morris Bridge Road near Thonotosassa.  Approximately 300 acres will be burned in small, manageable units to help reduce the risk of wildfires.

Prescribed burns will also take place at the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve, which includes the Green Swamp East Tract in Polk, Sumer, and Lake counties, the Hampton Tract in Polk County, and the Green Swamp West Tract in Pasco County. 

The Preserve is located north of U.S. Highway 98 along Highway 471 and Rockridge Road between Lakeland and Dade City.  Approximately 11,800 acres will be burned.

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