Florida Forest Service to hold fire festival to mark end of Prescribed Fire Awareness Week

Fire Festival this weekend to mark end of Prescribed Fire Awareness Week
Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 4:36 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2023 at 5:35 PM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -On Saturday, the Florida Forest Service will mark the end of Prescribed Fire Awareness Week with a free fire festival for the public.

The Flatwoods Fire and Nature Festival will feature prescribed fire demonstrations, equipment demonstrations, food trucks, live music, education seminars, and exotic wildlife.

“Plenty of food trucks, live music, as well as the equipment demonstrations, and the burn demonstrations will be a big hit, a lot of educational exhibits, said Ludie Bond, Florida Forest Service spokesperson. “Also Burner Bob will be there, he is a Bobwhite Quail who’s a mascot for prescribed fire.”

The event occurs every other year.

“We are also the lightning capital of our country, so it makes sense that many of our plant and animal communities are fire-dependent, so we want to invite people out, who may not be used to the prescribed fires, may not know much about it, and just really provide them with that educational opportunity,” said Bond.

Other co-sponsors include the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Gainesville Park and Recreations Department, and UF IFAS.

This event is this Saturday at beginning 10 am at Austin Cary Forest Campus on NE Waldo Road in Gainesville. The prescribed burn demonstrations will be at 11a, 1p, & 3p.

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