La Marque FD Prescribed Burn on 100 Acres of Grassland February 27
Galveston County residents can expect to see smoke between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
La Marque, Texas (February 26, 2020) – La Marque Fire Department has partnered with University Houston to perform a prescribed burn between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020, on 100 acres of prairie grassland located at 5721 Highway 2004, La Marque, Texas.
The property is known as the University of Houston Coastal Center and is managed by the Texas Institute for Coastal Prairie Research and Education. The purpose of this prescribed burn will be to return the prairie to its natural state without the use of chemical pesticides and heavy equipment. Prescribed burns are also training opportunities for fire personnel.
Assisting the La Marque Fire Department will be crews from Bayou Vista Fire, Fresno Fire and Galveston Fire. Coastal Prairie Research Center officials will be in attendance, as well.
With predicted weather conditions, LMFD expects very little, if any, impact to the surrounding area. Smoke should lift and drift. Fire and smoke will be visible along FM 2004, FM 1764 and I-45 with periods of heavier smoke due to fuel loading. The City of La Marque will be closely monitoring the event.
Follow La Marque Fire Department on Facebook or register for City of La Marque e-notifications at connect.cityoflamarque.org for updates and information.
For information about the UH Coastal Center, visit http://www.eih.uh.edu/.
About the City of La Marque: The City of La Marque is in Galveston County, 15 miles south of Houston and four miles north of Galveston Island. La Marque is the second-fastest-growing city in the County with an estimated population of 16,700, an area of 14.25 square miles and boasting 14.3 miles of I-45 frontage—more than any other city in Galveston County. Citizens enjoy easy, breezy coastal living, abundant housing options and the security of a hurricane protection levee system. La Marque is a sportsman’s paradise and offers access to world-class medical, travel and entertainment opportunities. Citizens and visitors enjoy Bayou Fest, a fall concert series and BBQ Cook-Off providing free family fun; Magical Winter Lights, a 52-day holiday lantern festival; and Crawfish Bash, an annual crawfish cook-off that earned a Guinness World Record in 2017. For business, La Marque offers prime I-45 frontage, creative incentives, an abundance of commercial property, a budding downtown revitalization and build-to-suit opportunities. La Marque is the Gateway to the Gulf and the Hub of the Mainland. Discover the possibilities at www.cityoflamarque.org
Colleen Merritt, MA
Public Relations Specialist
La Marque Economic Development Corporation
1130 1st Street
La Marque, Texas 77568
O: 409-938-9255 | C: 409-795-0165
LMEDC.com | cityoflamarque.org
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