SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – If you see a lot of smoke coming from the Mission Reach section of the River Walk today, don’t worry, it’s a prescribed burn.
“We are burning about 10 acres of different plots in order to help restore native vegetation and native grasses,” said Justin Krobot, superintendent with the San Antonio River Authority.
The San Antonio River Authority has contracted an environmental services company for the control burn along the river south of downtown between E. Theo Avenue and East Southcross Boulevard. Trails along that Mission Reach section of the San Antonio River Walk will be closed during the day.
“It helps build better habitats. Birds, wildlife and insects actually thrive in these areas after they’re burned,” Krobot said.
The River Authority is working with the San Antonio Fire Department, Bexar County and National Park Service to make sure the prescribed burn is conducted safely.