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Seeing Smoke? Prescribed Burn West of Kyle and Buda

You might see and smell smoke near Kyle and Buda this afternoon.

Austin Water'sWildland Conservation Division is planning to conduct a prescribed burn at the Onion Creek Management Unit off FM 150 west of Kyle.

The burn will cover more than 500 acres and should go on between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Kevin Thuesen is the Environmental Conservation Program Manager for the City of Austin. He says people shouldn’t be concerned. "We have close to 30 personnel on this burn, including elements from AFD and US Fish and Wildlife Service and Texas Forest Service and the Water Utility who are all trained in doing prescribed fire and have many years’ experience doing this work," Thuesen says.

The goal of the burn is to reduce brush and invigorate the native grass in the area – cutting down fuel for potential wildfires.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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