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Where there’s smoke, there’s a prescribed burn

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Nora Ankrum

South Austin’s Slaughter Creek Trail will be closed today so that Austin Water utility’s Wildland Conservation division can conduct a “prescribed burn” of its Quality Protection Lands. According to a press release from the city, the burn will “safely mimic the natural fire cycle and maintain fire-resilient landscapes for the benefit of people, water and wildlife.” If wind speeds and direction are unfavorable, the burn will be postponed; otherwise, expect to see some smoke in the area – bordered to the north and south by Slaughter Lane and State Highway 45, and to the west and east by FM 1826 and MoPac –throughout the day.

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