Travis County Parks plans to conduct a prescribed burn at Southeast Metropolitan Park on June 19, 2019. The prescribed burn will occur between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and will take approximately two to four hours to complete. If weather conditions are not appropriate on that date, the prescribed burn may be conducted on June 20, 2019.
Travis County Parks is conducting the prescribed burn in cooperation with personnel from the local fire departments and natural resource agencies.
The prescribed burn is intended to reduce wildfire danger and improve ecosystem health by removing invading shrubs, consuming dead and downed vegetation, reducing the number of exotic species, and enhancing the health and diversity of the native plant community.
South winds are anticipated which will carry the smoke to the north, across the park and the Colorado River near SH 130. Due to the distance between the prescribed burn and the adjacent roads and communities, smoke impacts are expected to be relatively light.
The park will remain open; however, some portions of the park specifically the Multi-use Trail will close for part of the week. Those areas of the park that remain open may be impacted by smoke from the prescribed burns.
Southeast Metropolitan Park is located at 4511 Hwy 71 East, Del Valle, TX 78617.
Media note: The park will remain open. There may be a PIO or staff available for interviews. Please call the Park Supervisor (contact listed above) for more information.
Questions: Hector Nieto, Travis County PIO, 956-251-2902
Glen Gillman, Park Land Manager, 512-844-7480
Robert Davis, Park Supervisor, 512-272-5359