Prescribed Burns Planned for Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge Wilderness area and adjacent Management Units

According to Jamie Farmer, Fire Management Officer of the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel are planning to conduct a prescribed burn on Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge beginning tomorrow morning, February 28, 2013, as weather permits. The burn is planned for the Lacassine Wilderness area and adjoining Management Units H and J. Prescribed burning is a commonly used habitat management tool which can reduce the potential for catastrophic wildfires, control invasive species, and restore and revitalize ecosystems. If appropriate weather conditions occur and resources are available, up to 5,990 acres of refuge marsh habitat will be treated with fire. Fire management personnel will be working closely with the National Weather Service to predict when appropriate weather conditions will occur so they may conduct the burns and least impact local communities with smoke. Ideally, northerly winds will lift and disperse smoke over the Gulf. They will also keep local emergency management offices, including, Bell City/Hayes VFD, Cameron Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, informed of day to day operations once they begin. For further information about these prescribed burns please contact Incident Information Officer, Diane Borden-Billiot, at 337-598-2216.
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