Blackwater River State Forest with a Controlled Burn.
Yesterday, a controlled burn in the Blackwater State Forest has smoke drifting into the campground. We decided to take a ride and look at the area being burned. The first 3 photographs were along the roadway.
Blackwater River State Forest is one of the largest state forests in Florida and named for the Blackwater River which begins in Alabama and runs southwestwardly through the forest into Blackwater Bay, near Milton, Florida.
Controlled burns are an important tool to foresters as it helps reduce fuel (debris of leaves, vegetation and dead wood) in either a forest or grassland ecology during cooler months. It aids as a hazard reduction from lightning and other sources and decreases potenial hotter fires. It also stimulates the germination and growth of desirable forest trees, renewing the forest. It may even promote positive native plant species growth, once thought lost in the ecosystem.
The last photo (below) was taken just off a park road overlooking Blackwater River looking back into the area that was burning.