Toni Westland/ FWS

Published: Aug 06, 2013 2:44 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 08, 2013 4:21 PM EDT

SANIBEL, Fla.- The J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge called off a prescribed burn of the Bailey Tract on Sanibel Island today, after the sea breeze picked up. Officials say they finished half of the prescribed burn today.

The Southern Florida/Caribbean Fire District of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted the burn with the assistance of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, the City of Sanibel, and the Sanibel Fire Rescue District. The purpose of this prescribed burn was to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic wildfires and enhance wildlife habitat by reducing the spread of invasive woody vegetation and restoring the natural ecology of the area.

There may be occasional smoke seen from the burned area for several days.