WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - The Wichita Falls Fire Department and WFFD Strike Team, along with other area departments, will be conducting a prescribed burn Saturday at Old Friberg Church Road and FM Road 171.
The burn will take place around 9 a.m. and will be called the Miller Burn.
WFFD reports the project is to reduce large bird species activity in the area of the Sheppard Air Force Base airfield.
Wichita Falls Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Donald Hughes says it is a safety concern, as well as a good training opportunity.
The field contains brush piles that could be used as habitats for prey that large bird species are searching for. This has caused an increase in safety concerns for all training and commercial flights using the airfield.
“The mice and all other animals are what the birds prey on, and that’s why they stay in that area,” said Hughes.
The size of the burn will be 142 acres and it will give participating firefighters realistic, firsthand training.
Firefighters will remain on-site after the burn is complete to ensure all nearby residents are safe.
Traffic in some areas may be diverted for short periods of time.