San Angelo, Tx - SAN ANGELO, Texas – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff will conduct a prescribed burn through Friday, December 11th. The burn will take place inside San Angelo State Park.
Because specific weather conditions are required to conduct an effective and safe prescribed burn, TPWD staff cannot provide a specific time for the burn. However, local emergency management officials will be notified before the prescribed fire is implemented. Park Superintendent, Kurt Kemp, stated that during the burn, some areas of the park would be closed to the public including some trails. During the burn there may be smoke that reduces visibility on neighboring roads and Superintendent Kemp cautions travelers to reduce their speed and use their headlights when smoke is present.
Prescribed burns are used as a management tool in state parks to improve habitat for wildlife by restoring forest and prairie habitats on the park that were historically maintained by natural fires. They also are conducted to reduce the amount of available fuels, such as 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.
For more information regarding the planned burn please contact the park at 325-949-4757 or 325-949-8935.