Crews monitoring controlled burn at Camp Bowie

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BROWNWOOD, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) — You might see some heavy smoke in Brown County this week, as crews are doing a controlled burn near the Camp Bowie area.

Natural fires are meant to bring new life to the land every 3-5 years.

“Within the last century we have removed the number of wildfires that happen naturally, and thus increased the amount of vegetation in a lot of areas of Texas,” says Boe Adler, Task Force Coordinator out of the Mineral Wells office.

“By reducing the amount of fuel loading that is in the burn unit, it allows better response to these areas. It keeps the intensity lower,” Adler says.

Grass, weeds and other plants are considered fuels for these fires.

“Our primary fuel that’s going to carry this fire is going to the taller grasses,” says Robyn Griffith, Wildland Specialist for the Texas A&M forest service.

“There are some areas that have less fuels that just don’t have enough to carry the fire, and then there are some that are going to be shaded that the microenvironment is not going to be good enough to carry the fire. It will be cooler and wetter,” Griffith says.

This makes 100% consumption impossible and leaves just enough for the wildlife in the area.

“Animals are adaptive to fire, they aren’t going to freak out like you see in movies. They’ll just move along as the fire gets closer to them,” Griffith says.

Crews plan to burn another 1,700 acres this week.

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