When it comes to doing a prescribed burn, attention is paid to every detail.
The weather, the wind direction and the area itself that is scheduled for a burn are all factored into the decision. Authorization from the state forest service is also required prior to doing the burn.
“We’re not just lighting a match and running,” said Michael Spaits, who is in charge of Environmental Affairs at Eglin Air Force Base.
Brett Williams, the chief of the Eglin Wild Land Support team, is in charge of making sure prescribed burns are completed successfully. Eglin schedules about 130 per year and burns roughly 90,000 acres.
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