Prescribed Burn November 29 and 30, 2017
Texas Parks and Wildlife has provided the following press release:
San Jacinto Battleground to Conduct Prescribed Burn
LA PORTE, TX – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is planning to conduct a prescribed burn at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. The Battleground is located in East Harris County north of Texas State Highway 225, northwest of the city of La Porte, Texas.
The prescribed burn will be conducted, weather permitting, November 29 & 30, 2017. Because specific conditions are required to conduct an effective and safe prescribed burn, TPWD staff will make a final determination on the designated morning whether conditions are conducive to a burn. The San Jacinto Monument and Battleship TEXAS will remain open to the public, however some areas of the Battleground will be closed and traffic may be redirected at times throughout the day.
Prescribed burns improve habitat for wildlife by restoring forest and prairie lands within the park that were historically maintained by natural fires. In addition, they reduce the amount of available fuels 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.
Prescribed burns within state parks are conducted by TPWD personnel who have undergone training and met national wildland firefighting certification standards. The parks’ prescribed fire plan defines the conditions under which a prescribed burn may be conducted. 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 beyond the Park boundary.
Local emergency management officials will be notified before the prescribed fire is implemented. This notice is to inform the public that they may see smoke in the vicinity of the San Jacinto Battleground or on nearby roads during the burn. Drivers are cautioned to reduce speed and use your headlights when smoke is present.
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