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Posted on: February 29, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Controlled Burn planned for State Park on Wed. Mar. 2

Texas Parks and Wildlife will be working closely with the Cedar Hill Fire Department to conduct the prescribed fire to restore natural ecological conditions, to control native tall grasses and prairie grasses and to reduce fire fuel potential.
During the burn, some areas of Cedar Hill State Park may be closed to the public. During the burn there may be smoke that reduces visibility on neighboring roads and travelers should reduce their speed and use their headlights when smoke is present.
Prescribed burns are used as a management tool to improve habitat for wildlife by restoring forest and prairie habitats 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. By reducing the amount of available fuels, prescribed burns reduce the chance for a potentially destructive wildfire to occur.
This burn will be conducted by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 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, and fuel moisture levels.

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