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Smokey air caused by controlled burn in Refugio County

Controlled burn near Copano Bay
Posted at 1:24 PM, Mar 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-12 15:27:21-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A cloud of smoke quickly covered the Corpus Christi area late Saturday morning due to an 8,000-acre controlled burn taking place in Refugio County.

The Rockport Public Safety Center confirmed The Brahman Ranch in Refugio County is conducting the prescribed controlled burn.

San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Rivera posted that several calls were placed to his office and he assured people, it is a permitted burn.

Meteorologist Stefanie Lauber confirmed Saturday's wind has pushed the fire smoke south, covering Corpus Christi.

City of Corpus Christi officials said in a statement the Corpus Christi Fire Hazmat Team has taken air quality samples and is reporting that the current air condition is within acceptable limits.

The release states the winds carrying smoke will continue until around 5 p.m. when weather reports indicate there will be a shift in wind direction.

"Until then, citizens may experience burning eyes, a runny nose, cough, and difficulty breathing depending on the intensity of the fire," the release states. "Residents unusually sensitive to particle pollution should consider reducing their activity level and shorten the amount of time they are active outdoors."

There are no reports of structures damaged or any injuries. It has taken some time for the fire to be extinguished.

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