About 155 acres to burn in coastal Texas research

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GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — About 155 acres of rural Southeast Texas will go up in flames in a California school's research project to gauge the impact of wildfires on grasslands during windy weather.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Galveston area Wednesday afternoon at a time when the controlled burn is scheduled. Emergency preparedness officials say motorists along state Highway 6 and Interstate 45 might see smoke coming from the University of Houston Coastal Center.

San Jose State University climate researchers say the experiment will measure fire atmospheric interactions on the tall grass prairie.

April Saginor with the Texas A&M Forest Service says experts want to capture some extreme fire behavior for the study. Several fire departments and the U.S. Forest Service are also assisting.

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Online:

http://www.eih.uh.edu/

http://www.met.sjsu.edu/fire/

http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/main/default.aspx

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