Ranch hands get a lesson in prescribed burn safety

If you were traveling near the Kingsville area Thursday you may have seen an alarming sight.

KINGSVILLE (KIII NEWS) - If you were traveling near the Kingsville area Thursday you may have seen an alarming sight. To many it looked like a large brush fire, but it was actually a prescribed burn.
 
The controlled burn was actually part of a teaching tool. The King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management hosted a lecture and lesson on prescribed burns to show participants the safe way to use fire on a ranch.
 
"It's a really helpful tool to learn how to use prescribed burning to manage improved forage, and improved wildlife habitat as well," said Sandra Rideout-Hanzak, an associate professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
 
About 500 acres in all were burned Thursday.

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