TFD conducting a controlled burn on Tucson's southeast side - Tucson News Now

TFD conducting a controlled burn on Tucson's southeast side

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Happening today, smoke will be seen later this morning on the south east side near Irvington and Kolb.  But residents are cautioned not to worry it is a planned buffelgrass burn, taking place sometime after 8 a.m.

The burn is much more of an experiment with the buffelgrass rather than to just simply get rid of it.  The Tucson Fire Department will be out here doing this two acre burn, but the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center will also be here along with scientists from the University of Arizona to conduct experiments and to analyze the burn.

They will be trying to set the fire in different ways to figure out just how easy the buffelgrass will ignite, then once it's burning they will be studying the fire's behavior and measuring flames and trying to calculate just how hot it gets.

This will help them deal with future wildland and buffelgrass fires.  The burn will start shortly after 8 a.m. and last until noon, so smoke will be visible for quite a distance this morning.

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