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Controlled burning begins at Padre Island National Seashore

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Controlled fires will begin today over at Padre Island National Seashore as part of prescribed burn plans. Officials advise that burning may continue through Saturday if weather conditions stay favorable.

To reduce the threat of fires at Padre Island National Seashore spreading northward from the park into surrounding land, prescribed fire operations will begin at the seashore on Thursday morning, February 1.

Park crews will set fire to grasslands to burn away flammable material that could otherwise fuel wildfires as part of planned burning.

Although the fires are controlled, they will have an affect on the surrounding area and make travel to the park ill-advised for anyone with respiratory or breathing issues.

Burns will be limited to the north end of the seashore but will occur on both sides of Park Road 22. Residents are advised that smoke will be present in the area and drivers are advised to use extra caution when traveling through or adjacent to burn areas.

Temporary road closures near roadside ignition sites will begin on Park Road 22 and Bird Island Basin Road. These closures will cause traffic delays in the affected areas.

Bird Island Basin boat ramp will remain open but visitors should be prepared for delays getting into and out of the area.

Anyone with respiratory or breathing issues is advised to avoid the seashore from February 1-3, 2018.

In addition, visitors to the seashore are advised not to stop along the roadway or enter any areas near the prescribed burns or ignition areas.

The Malaquite Visitor Center will remain open, but both Malaquite and Bird Island Basin campgrounds will be closed February 1-3. Visitors already staying in those areas will be relocated elsewhere within the park.

For more information, visit the seashore's website here: https://www.nps.gov/pais/learn/management/firemanagement.htm

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