Controlled Burn In Texas Will Gauge Fire Impact In Windy Weather

GALVESTON (January 30, 2013)--About 155 acres of rural Southeast Texas will go up in flames Wednesday as part of a California school's research project to measure the impact of wildfires on grasslands in windy weather.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the Galveston area Wednesday afternoon at a time when the controlled burn is scheduled.

Emergency preparedness officials say motorists along state Highway 6 and Interstate 45 might see smoke coming from the University of Houston Coastal Center.

San Jose State University climate researchers say the half-hour burn will measure fire atmospheric interactions on the tall grass prairie.

April Saginor with the Texas A&M Forest Service says experts want to capture some extreme fire behavior for the study.

Several fire departments and the U.S. Forest Service are also assisting.


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