East Texas agencies show landowners some fires can be positive

East Texas agencies show landowners some fires can be positive

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Fire. It's a word that being spread around right now, well like wildfire.

 "Everybody's thinking about fire right now," said Texas Parks and Wildlife's Bill Adams. "With the drought conditions that we're in and with wildfires that are occurring throughout the state, everyone's thinking about it. Culturally, we've grown to the understanding that fire is bad."

Friday, however, Texas Parks and Wildlife, The National Resource Conservation and other agencies in East Texas tried to curb that way of thinking.

"We're out here today to show people there is a safe way to put fire on the land," said NRC District Conservationist Justin Parks.

"Historically and still to this day, Texas and the habitats in Texas are fire adaptable," Adams said.

Prescribed burning is a type of controlled burning that has been practiced for years, beginning with the Native Americans. Prescribed burning comes with several benefits.

"Fire is an important tool for improving habitat for wildlife," Adams said.

It also helps clear dead vegetation and grass that can improve farming and also get rid of potential fuel for wildfires.

"Sometimes, the best way to fight fire is by using fire," Adams said. "If we are preparing our lands with prescribed fire, we're preventing catastrophic wildfire in the future."

Farmers and landowners were taught how and when to perform these prescribed fires with the proper tools and rules, with safety being the number one priority.

"It takes practice and a little courage, but as landowners begin to implement and put fire on their property, I think we can improve the landscape of East Texas," Adams said.

Angelina County is still under a burn ban, but landowners with special permission can perform prescribed fires.

For more information on prescribed burning, landowners can contact their local Agriculture Extension Agency or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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