Thursday, May 10, 2012

Smokey Bear Greets Fisheating Creek Campers

Smokey Wants To Prevent Wildfires In Glades County

Smokey sign at Fisheating creek.jpgMOORE HAVEN, FL. -- As you enter inside the Fisheating Creek Outpost on U.S. 27 north of Moore Haven, a new sign reminds guest and local residents about the fire danger nearby.

“Smokey Bear’s Fire Danger warning sign will help keep everyone aware of the daily wildfire danger potential”, states Luis Aguilar, Florida Forest Service, Forest Ranger. “We posted this sign in a highly visible spot where the public can visually see the wildfire danger thus creating community awareness.”

This sign was posted in an effort to reduce human caused wildfires. Until the area receives significant amounts of rain, the local fire danger level is expected to remain “HIGH” and extreme care should be taken until the danger has passed, firefighters warn. Please remember that Glades County has a burn ban in place. Weather forecasts depict rainfall for this is week and when that happens, please look for the Smokey Bear Fire Danger Sign to reflect that change (low or medium).

This past week, Forest Rangers Luis Aguilar, Elmer Sauceda and concessioners of Fisheating Creek Outpost, Allen and Patty Register erected a permanent and official Smokey Bear’s Fire Danger warning sign at the entrance of the Fisheating Creek Outpost. Fisheating Creek is a wildlife management area (WMA) managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife, Conservation Commission.

Fisheating Creek is an historical area with 18,000 acres of pristine Florida creek meandering along with towering cypress trees and slash pine canopy on its banks, coupled with the gentle flowing water all leading to Lake Okeechobee.

There are now 4 Smokey Bear Fire Danger Signs in Glades County Warning residents and visitors of the wildfire danger.

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