HOBE SOUND, Fla. (AP) — Some 30 acres of pine flatwoods will be burned at a Florida state park to help lower the potential for wildfire.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Jonathan Dickinson State Park will conduct the prescribed burn on Tuesday. The prescribed burn will consist of about 35 acres of pine flatwoods in two locations.

Fire officials say prescribed burning mimics natural fire cycles to restore healthy forests and natural communities. Prescribed fires also reduce undergrowth that accumulates over time and burned lands experience an increase in native wildflowers, birds and other wildlife.

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