When planned and properly supervised, a controlled burn can produce healthy benefits to green spaces. If you’re a Plano resident, particularly on the far eastside, be aware several prescribed fires are scheduled for Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. The series of burns, from Monday, January 21 through February, effect the areas west of Jupiter Road primarily. Plano’s Parks and Recreation and Fire-Rescue staff are working together to ensure all safety precautions are taken during the fires.
Experts say controlled burns have nurturing effects on woodlands, prairies, wetlands, parks and forests, including:
These prescribed burns also give our firefighters the training opportunity they need to help fight wildfires in the region. The fires take place on weekdays between noon and 6 p.m. (depending on the weather).
The Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve remains open during the burns. Areas and trails near the fires are closed during the process. Find more information here.