Jacksonville, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2012) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will begin fieldwork for the former Avon Park Army Airfield, Friday, Sept. 28.
To search for munitions, the Corps’ contractor will use a digital metal detector known as a magnetometer. In addition to a metal detector, the survey will also include using a magnetometer attached to a helicopter that will fly approximately six feet above the ground, Sept. 28 – Oct. 1. A continuing example of the Corps seeking innovative solutions to environmental challenges and environmental cleanup efforts that affect everyone, the aerial survey will be completed primarily within Kissimmee Prairie State Park Preserve. The ground fieldwork will begin Oct. 2, and continue throughout November.
During World War II, Avon Park Army Airfield was used to train pilots and air crews. The military acquired about 218,884 acres in Highlands, Okeechobee and Polk Counties. Following the War, the full site was no longer needed. Approximately 106,000 acres is dedicated to the active Avon Park Air Force Range. The military disposed of the remaining land, and it is now considered a FUDS.
Safety is always the Corps’ top priority. If you think you have found munitions, please follow the “3Rs.” Recognize an unusual-looking item could be dangerous; Retreat and do not touch the item; Report it by calling 9-1-1 immediately.
For more information about the Avon Park Army Airfield, please contact 866-279-4880 or by email at FUDS.FLORIDA@usace.army.mil.
Release no. 12-070