Prescribed Burn of the Sanibel Gardens Preserve Scheduled for Tomorrow

FullSizeRenderPress release from the City of Sanibel
Contact Holly Milbrandt, Public Information Officer
Prior to burn (239) 472-3700; Day of burn (239) 470-4005

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) and the City of Sanibel will conduct a prescribed burn of approximately 19-acres of the Sanibel Gardens Preserve on FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016.

A change in forecast conditions may result in postponement of the burn or cancellation of the planned prescribed burn. The prescribed burn will help to preserve the natural ecology of the area and reduce the likelihood of catastrophic wildfires.

The Sanibel Gardens Preserve is located west of Tarpon Bay Road, between Island Inn Road and Sanibel-Captiva Road. Click here for a map of the prescribed burn location (prescribed burn areas are outlined in green).

Ignition is expected at approximately 10 a.m., FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016, with completion of the burn by 4 p.m. Current weather forecasts are suitable for the burn. However, a change in forecast conditions may result in postponement of the burn or cancellation of the planned prescribed burn until further notice. Please monitor the City’s website
www.mysanibel.com for the latest updates.

On the day of the burn, all areas of the SANIBEL GARDENS PRESERVE will be CLOSED to the public. Additionally, the EAST portion of ISLAND INN ROAD (between Tarpon Bay Road and the gate) will be CLOSED to ALL VEHICULAR, PEDESTRIAN, AND BICYCLE TRAFFIC beginning at 7:30 AM. SANIBEL BOULEVARD will also be CLOSED to all non-local vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. The Bailey Tract at the J.N. “Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge will be open, but pedestrian and bicycle access from the Bailey Tract to Island Inn Road will be CLOSED. Please adhere to all signs, road closures, and instructions about closed areas provided by law enforcement and fire personnel. Access into the burn unit will be strictly prohibited during the prescribed fire operation.

While the burn is being conducted, there will be a Public Information Station outside of Bailey’s General Store at 2477 Periwinkle Way to provide more information on the status of the burn. For questions on the day of the burn, please visit the Public Information Station or contact Holly Milbrandt, Public Information Officer at (239) 470-4005.

Depending on the wind direction and strength, it may be possible to see or smell smoke. Smoke sensitive individuals should keep their windows closed and avoid outdoor activities in the affected areas. Residents and visitors are also encouraged to close their windows, cover pools, and move cars and furniture indoors. Please adhere to all warning signs and instructions provided by law enforcement and fire personnel. Ash and smoke associated with a prescribed burn cannot be prevented.

After the ignition of the prescribed burn has been completed, there may be occasional smoke seen from the burned area for several days. Fire personnel will monitor the burned area and adjacent roads taking all precautions necessary to have personnel and equipment on site to minimize fire activity and smoke impacts to the public.

To learn more about prescribed burns, click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions. To be included on the City’s list of Smoke Sensitive Individuals and receive notification regarding future prescribed burns on Sanibel, please contact Joel Caouette at the City of Sanibel at (239) 472-3700 or email Joel.Caouette@mysanibel.com.