News Release: Government
Canyon State Natural Area
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
12861 Galm Road
San Antonio, Texas 78254
Date: December 3, 2007
For Immediate Release
Area Manager – Deirdre Hisler
Area Asst. Manager – Trey Cooksey
Prescribed Fire Planned at
Government Canyon State Natural Area
and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is planning to conduct a
prescribed fire this week (Dec. 5th – 7th) within Government
Canyon State Natural Area (GCSNA) in San Antonio. The
prescribed fire will be conducted according to a detailed
plan, which includes burn objectives, required weather
conditions, and operational procedures, in addition to
staff, equipment, and other resources required to
effectively conduct the burn. As weather conditions permit,
TPWD plans to burn 179 acres of the Natural Area as part of
a land management strategy to reduce woodland fuels capable
of supporting dangerous wildfires, and restore historic
plant and animal habitats. If weather conditions are not
suitable to conduct the prescribed fire this week, the burn
may be postponed to a later date this winter.
The prescribed fire will be completed by trained and experienced wildland
firefighters with TPWD, San Antonio Fire Department, and the
Texas Forest Service. The planned burn has been coordinated
with city and state officials, and will be conducted in
accordance with all appropriate environmental regulations.
Adjacent landowners and all appropriate authorities will be
notified, prior to initiating the prescribed fire.
Safety, of course, is TPWD’s first priority during a prescribed burn.
Fire personnel consider all current and forecasted weather
conditions to predict fire behavior and smoke dispersal.
Burns are only conducted when conditions indicate they will
meet land management objectives while preventing threats to
adjacent properties and smoke-sensitive-areas.
So, keep your eye on the horizon, and if you see smoke above the trees at
Government Canyon State Natural Area, be assured that TPWD
is working to preserve this unique ecosystem and its
associated wildlife for generations to come. For questions
about GCSNA’s prescribed fire program, contact GCSNA at
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