A planned Thursday fire on Big Pine Key to clear foliage has been called off due to weather conditions, says the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
"Weather conditions are unlikely to meet the required burn parameters for winds and rainfall," according to the National Key Deer Refuge.
The National Key Deer Refuge planned to ignite the controlled burn on a narrow, boomerang-shaped tract covering 10 acres along the west side of Key Deer Boulevard.
It would have been the first intentional burn on Big Pine Key since the Blue Hole Fire scorched 100 acres — 10 times the planned amount — last September. It resulted in resident evacuations.