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Dyess AFB conducts controlled burns over President’s Day weekend

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Prescribed burns, or hazard reduction burns, are held at Dyess Air Force Base over President’s Day weekend, to help train branch members.

According to a statement from Dyess, the Seventh Bomb Wing and Seventh Civil Engineer Squadron began executing directed fires on Friday and will continue through Monday, February 21.

Teams partnered with experts from San Antonio Air Force Base’s Wildland Fire Branch to help reduce the risk of future wildfires and improve the quality of safety for Team Dyess and the Abilene community. .

Dyess said prescribed burns:

  • Reduce buildup of hazardous fuels
  • Reintroduce fire to the area, to allow a fire to “function in its natural ecological role”
  • Control native invasive species, such as mesquite, to encourage plant diversity and maintain grasslands

Dyess told KTAB/KRBC that the preparedness effort could be a recurring event, where members will support the U.S. base Lift and Strike by burning at “relevant locations.”

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