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Controlled Burn Left Unattended


Tanglewood Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call on CR 418 just at the Lee and Milam County line on Saturday, January 26. Apparently, the landowner had started a controlled burn, then left it unattended. PHOTO BY KATIE HALL. Tanglewood Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call on CR 418 just at the Lee and Milam County line on Saturday, January 26. Apparently, the landowner had started a controlled burn, then left it unattended. PHOTO BY KATIE HALL. An apparent controlled burn on CR 418 near the Lee/Milam County line was left unattended last Saturday, causing it to get out of control. Fortunately, it consumed only a few acres, but the experience has the Tanglewood Volunteer Fire Department’s Assistant Fire Chief offering a few words about safety.

Asst. Chief Guy Hall, III, said, “If you are planning a controlled burn, safety is Job No. 1! We always recommend that you let the local fire departments, neighbors, and, depending on property location, some state agencies, know the day of a burn. In certain locations, state agencies must approve a burn plan before the day of a burn. In Texas, some controlled burns must be announced to the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Service. But first and foremost, never leave a controlled burn unattended.”

“The bottom line for a successful prescribed burn is safety,” says Kent Ferguson, state rangeland management specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas. “In the final analysis, safety is more important than the results of the actual burn.”

“The Tanglewood fire only consumed two or three acres, but it could have been much worse,” said Hall. “If the fire had advanced into the woods, we may have had a tragedy on our hands.”

For more information about controlled burns, contact your local fire department, or go to the TNRCS website, which is www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov, and use their search feature for controlled burns.

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