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Utility conducts prescribed burn

Monday, July 19, 2021 by Tai Moses

Don’t panic if you see smoke on the horizon today: Austin Water will be conducting a prescribed burn on 210 acres of the Water Quality Protection Lands. According to the utility’s announcement, “Smoke may be visible south (of) State Highway 45, east of FM 1826, west of Brodie Lane, west of FM 1626, and north of FM 967 from 10 a.m. to sunset.” Luke Ball, with Austin Water’s Wildland Conservation Division, explained that controlled burning is “one of the strategies used to manage these lands and protect groundwater in Central Texas. Prescribed burns improve the resiliency of our land when they are used as a planned seasonal management tool.” Sign up here if you’d like to receive periodic notifications of prescribed burns taking place on Austin Water wildlands.

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