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Prescribed Burn Closes SUMICA April 17

Published: April 17, 2024

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (April 17, 2024) – Polk County Parks and Natural Resources plans to conduct a 260-acre prescribed burn within the Polk County Environmental Lands SUMICA conservation area. SUMICA is located in southeast Polk County, along the northeastern shore of Lake Walk-in-Water.

SUMICA will be closed to the public today, April 17, 2024, and is expected to reopen upon completion of the burn this afternoon or tomorrow April 18 if need be.

This burn is being conducted for ecological purposes. Prescribed burns are important to protect conservation lands from uncontrolled wildfires while supporting the health of Polk County’s ecosystems. Polk County Parks and Natural Resources routinely conducts prescribed burns to maintain the health and ecological function of natural areas.

All prescribed burns are subject to being postponed or canceled due to weather or other factors.

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