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Prescribed Fire on Rocky Point DEC Property Wednesday Afternoon

Prescribed fire taking place in Rocky Point Wednesday.

The New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy is conducting a prescribed fire on the NYS-DEC's Rocky Point property from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management sent out a notice Wednesday warning that residents near the natural resources management area in Rocky Point may experience light smoke conditions in the area during this time.

Those with any questions can call the DEC at 631-444-0350.

Captain Howard Hawrey April 10, 2013 at 07:22 PM
What in the heck is a "prescribed fire"? Have we become some crazy that we can't call it a drill or a practice?? What a crock of BS! Enough already people! Can we stop the insanity and stupidity?? Call it what it is! And be safe doing it!
K. April 10, 2013 at 07:52 PM
I don't think it is a "drill or a practice"; a "prescribed fire" is a controlled fire which burns potential fuel for wildfires - underbrush, debris, etc. Burning it now under controlled conditions reduces the instances or severity of any future natural, "unintentionally-lit" or arson-caused fires.
Captain Howard Hawrey April 10, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Do you get more money if it's called "prescribed fire"? A drill is a drill is a drill what a crock of crap!
Jennie cecere April 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM
It is not a drill, nor a practice. Educate yourself, look it up...
Marian Larson April 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM
From www.smokeybear.com.....Prescribed Fire, also known as a controlled burn, refers to the controlled application of fire by a team of fire experts under specified weather conditions that help restore health to fire-adapted environments. By safely reducing excessive amounts of brush, shrubs, and trees, encouraging the new growth of native vegetation, and maintaining the many plant and animal species whose habitats depend on periodic fire, prescribed burning helps reduce the catastrophic damage of wildfire on our lands and surrounding communities. Prescribed fire is one of the most effective tools we have in preventing the outbreak and spread of wildfires. But because prescribed fire is fire, fire management experts are extremely careful in planning and executing a prescribed fire.

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