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Controlled Burn Planned at Cedar Hill State Park

About 200 acres to be burned Tuesday

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012  |  Updated 11:37 AM CDT
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Smoke filled the sky near Cedar Hill State Park as Texas Parks and Wildlife crews set brush on fire as part of a 200-acre controlled burn.

Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News

Smoke filled the sky near Cedar Hill State Park as Texas Parks and Wildlife crews set brush on fire as part of a 200-acre controlled burn.

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Officials in a Dallas suburb are warning that smoke could make driving hazardous on some major highways because of a prescribed burn at a nearby state park.

Texas Parks and Wildlife orginally planned to burn 400 acres near Joe Pool Lake in Cedar Hill State Park beginning at about noon Tuesday.  Early in the afternoon, officials decided to burn only about 200 acres.

"The purpose of the prescribed burn is to reduce the brush density and encourage native grasses which will reduce the wildfire potential and improve water quality and quantity," according to Joshua Choate, assistant park superintendent for Cedar Hill State Park.

The state park is on the east side of Joe Pool Lake along Farm-to-Market Road 1382. 

Texas Department of Transportation officials said that could generate smoke that could pose visibility problems on state Highway 360, Loop 12 and nearby Interstate 20. Drivers are advised to use caution when moving through the area.

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