- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - More than 600 acres of pine flatwoods will be burned during a prescribed burn at two Florida state parks.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Savannas Preserve State Park in Fort Pierce will conduct the prescribed burn on Sunday, burning about 225 acres of pine flatwoods. The second prescribed burn on Sunday will be at the Atlantic Ridge Preserve State Park in Stuart, burning about 430 acres of flatwoods.

Fire officials say prescribed burning mimics natural fire cycles to restore healthy forests and natural communities, reduce undergrowth that accumulates over time and decreases the potential for wildfire. Burned lands experience an increase in native wildflowers, birds and other wildlife.

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