HARRIS COUNTY A prescribed burn generated a lot of heavy smoke at Sheldon Lake State Park and the surrounding area Monday afternoon causing alarm to residents who live nearby.

Officials with the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife said that the burn-off consists of grassland and marsh, which will allow natural grasses to resurface. They said that the burn is controlled and poses no threat.

Officials explained that the heavy smoke came from all of the dead brush and dry grasses at the park. They added that it been 10 years since the last controlled burn, which is part of the reason there is so much smoke.

There was concern that if it was not done now that all of the dead brush could catch fire as part of an uncontrolled burn, which could be difficult to contain.

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