The Florida Division of Forestry, in cooperation with the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department will be conducting a prescribed burn today, Friday, January 7 at Alafia River Nature Preserve, 931 Old Welcome Rd., Lithia.

The burn will last one day. The purpose of the burn is for public safety after wildfire on-site.

For more information, residents should contact the Parks, Recreation & Conservation Department at 672-7876.

To learn more about prescribed burns, go to www.hillsboroughcounty.org/parks/ go to “Resources”, then click “Publications”.

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Assignment Editor Kate Quesada started working at the Osprey Observer in 2004 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in Mass Communications. Since then, she has held various positions at the paper and has been working as the assignment editor since January 2020. She lives in Lithia with her husband Mike and sons Dylan and Max and stays active in the community on school PTA boards and volunteering with local organizations.