MAITLAND, Fla., April 14, 2017 -- Wildfires were reported on two St. Johns River Water Management District properties.
The district is responding to wildfire reported on the Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Marion County and the Seminole Ranch Conservation Area (at the convergence of Orange, Brevard, Volusia and Seminole counties).
The fire at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area is 3.5 acres and is near County Road 464. Efforts to contain the fire are ongoing.
The fire at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area is 35 acres. The district is coordinating with the Florida Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to suppress and contain the fire.
To date, rainfall trends for 2017 have been below average with future predictions for similar trends, creating conditions favorable for wildfire.
Burn bans enacted by counties throughout the district will impact some district properties. Campfires will not be allowed on district properties while burn bans remain in effect. Due to dry conditions, burn bans are currently in effect for Brevard, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties.
Please contact Danielle Spears at 407-961-3838 with any media inquiries.