If you live just east of the north end of Lake Sam Rayburn, things might get a little hazy for you today.  More specifically, folks that live in or travel near the Norwood to Broaddus area are going to be very near where some prescribed burns are taking place today.

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According to a media release, officials with the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Angelina National Forest, are conducting a prescribed burn today (October 22) located in the Norwood Community totaling 1936 acres. The area is North of Hwy 103 and Hwy 147 in San Augustine County.  Ignition time of the burn is scheduled at 10 this morning.  The burn is expected to be completed by 7 this evening.  Winds are forecast from the southeast at 5-10 mph, so persons who live north to northwest of the burn perimeter may expect to see hazy conditions from the prevailing smoke.

According to the Forest Service website, "..controlled burning dramatically reduces the chances of a wildfire spreading out of control, and burning underbrush promotes new growth of tender vegetation that is beneficial to wildlife such as deer, turkey, and birds. And as urban development continues to edge closer to the forest, controlled burning also protects subdivisions, businesses, and transportation corridors from potential wildfires."

Anyone that may have respiratory issues is advised to keep windows closed and to ventilate their home by using their air conditioning system.  Anyone that has questions or concerns about this prescribed burn or other issues is advised to contact the Angelina Ranger District office at 936-897-1068.




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