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Prescribed Burn Scheduled for December 11, 2014

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Departmet is planning to conduct a prescribed burn at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, weather permitting.  Prescribed burns are normally conducted and completed in two to three days.  Prescribed burns are conducted to reduce the amount of available fuels (leaf litter, fallen branches, understory growth and dead trees) that accumulate naturally and from storm events.  By reducing the amount of available fuels, prescribed burns reduce the chance for a potentially destructive wildfire to occur.  In addition, they improve habitat for wildlife by restoring forest and prairie lands within the park that were historically maintained by natural fires.

Prescribed burns within state parks are conducted by TPWD personnel who have undergone training and met national wildland firefighting certification standards.  The park's prescribed fire plan defines the conditions under which a prescribed burn may be conducted, taking into account wind speeds and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture levels and smoke sensitive areas.  The plan also guides fire crew members in managing the burns to prevent them from escaping into adjacent properties and to minimize the effect of smoke in nearby residential and commercial areas.

While the burn is ongoing, you may see smoke in the neighborhood of the park or on nearby roads.  Please follow the instructions of park staff and firefighters when driving in the park during the event.

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