Prescribed Fires

December 27, 2022

Cibolo Preserve, Boerne, Texas

The Cibolo Preserve is contracting with a professional prescribed fire service to conduct a prescribed burn of approximately 20 acres in the near future (exact date yet to be determined). The Preserve, which is located on City Park Road, near Champion High School, is adjacent to the Cibolo Nature Center campus of the Cibolo Center for Conservation.

The prescribed burn is intended to reduce fuel loads, such as dead vegetation and thick brush, which will lessen the risk of future wildfires. Residents near that area may see or smell smoke while the prescribed burn progresses.  The City of Boerne’s fire department and Kendall County fire officials will be informed to ensure that the prescribed burn happens safely.

Planned prescribed fires help the natural environment:  reversing woody plant encroachment, stimulating grass growth, improving watershed health, benefiting all wildlife, and also providing future wildfire mitigation and buffer zones by removing volatile underbrush and promoting healthy grass growth, naturally.

The Cibolo Preserve, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a 653-acre natural habitat laboratory and groundwater recharge area.  Its mission is to own, maintain, and preserve the Preserve’s real property in its natural habitat as part of the Cibolo Creek watershed for educational, scientific, and charitable purposes. It is operated as an outdoor laboratory for research projects conducted by the University of Texas at San Antonio, Cibolo Center for Conservation, U.S. Geological Survey, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and Texas Parks and Wildlife.