Environment
8:05 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Map: Prescribed Burn Closes Slaughter Creek Trail

Slaughter Creek Trail in southwest Austin off of Ranch to Market 1826 will be closed all day today because of a planned prescribed burn.

Austin Water Utility’s Wildland Conservation Division plans to burn about 70 acres of land in the area in order to manage brush and encourage the growth of native grasses.

The burn is expected to take five to six hours. It's not clear when the burn will begin.

Austin Water officials say they’re keeping a close eye on conditions and will cancel the burn and schedule it for another day if necessary. That's possible because conditions yesterday called for a Red Flag Warning.

Travis County Fire Marshal Hershel Lee told KUT News parts of western Travis County are particularly dry right now. But the relative humidity is higher today and the wind is not expected to be as much of an issue as it was yesterday.

Check out the interactive map for details:


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