Prescribed Fire Planned for Tradewinds Natural Area
DATE: February 28, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Mills
PHONE: 954-357-8115

WHAT: The Florida Forest Service and Broward County Parks and Recreation Division are planning a Prescribed Fire for the natural area contained within Tradewinds Park. This management activity is tentatively scheduled to take place within the four-month time frame of early March through June 30, weather permitting.

Prescribed fires are conducted only by professional firefighters and administered only when weather parameters are suitable. The final decision to conduct a burn is made daily by senior staff, after reviewing the predicted fire weather forecast for a particular day. A media release will be sent out when favorable weather conditions are expected. Smoke from the prescribed fire is possible and is expected to be minimal, although it is dependent on actual weather and wind conditions occurring throughout the duration of the burn.

Prescribed fire is a safe way to apply a natural process, ensure ecosystem health, and reduce wildfire risk. Lands burned with prescribed fire experience an increase in native wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife. To learn how to protect your forest or to learn more about prescribed fire, visit

Part of Broward County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands (ESL) Bond Program, Tradewinds Natural Area is located one-quarter-mile south of Wiles Road, just west of Florida’s Turnpike, within Tradewinds Park North. The site encompasses six acres of pine flatwoods and features a half-mile equestrian trail, north of the Tradewinds Park Stables.

WHERE: Tradewinds Natural Area
Tradewinds Park & Stables
3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek 33073

WHEN: Between early March and June 30, 2013, exact date(s) to be determined

For further information about the Broward County Natural Area Prescribed Fire Program or to be added to our “day of fire” notification list, please contact the Natural Resources and Land Management Section of the Parks Planning and Development Group at 954-357-8154. To learn more about Tradewinds Park and its amenities, call the park at 954-357-8870, or visit our Website at

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