TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – Smoke could be seen in Southwest Travis County on Friday, December 9 from Austin Water regulatory burns.
Particular areas are near south of State Highway 45 and MoPac, east of FM 1826, west of Brodie Lane, and northwest of FM 1626 from 10 a.m. until dusk.
Regulated burning is conducted to mimic the natural fire cycle which reduces the likelihood of actual destructive wildfires by limiting their intensity and fuel consumption. The City of Austin says regulated fires also help with the water cycle by reducing brooms and promoting grasslands that help water quality and the amount of water entering our aquifers.
According to the City of Austin, “Wildlife Preserve staff have seen wildflowers and native grass communities experience greater biodiversity following regulatory fires. Prairie birds such as quail and boreal hawksbill benefit from the open habitat, found after fires, to nest and forage.”
A team of highly trained professionals including employees of Austin Water, city and county fire departments, and federal, state, and local land management agencies ensure that safety is paramount. their main goal. Partnerships with agencies such as the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, the Wildflower Center, the Texas Forest Service and Travis County Natural Resources, and coordination with the Austin Fire Department , neighboring fire departments, and emergency services districts all contribute to the success of a prescribed burn case.
In addition, from the City, all employees meet training, experience, fitness, and PPE requirements specific to the position they perform on the fire line. Prescriptions for each fire take into account weather conditions – including past wind and rainfall – and require fire-specific parameters to ensure fire behavior will meet goals and can safely controlled.
https://www.kxan.com/weather/prescribed-burns-for-sw-travis-county-to-be-conducted-dec-9/ Prescription burns for SW Travis County to go live on December 9