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Posted on: January 16, 2019

Fire is Good Medicine for Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve

Controlled burn at park

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:

  • Helps manage weeds and other unwanted growth
  • Rejuvenates the ecosystem, restoring nutrients
  • Reduces risk of wildfires
  • Promotes future desirable plant growth

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.

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