The Flower Mound Fire Department conducted a partial prescribed burn on The Flower Mound on Thursday, March 2.
For years, this community’s namesake and most significant landmark, The Flower Mound, has been hampered by the rapid growth of invasive plant species, making wildflower growth nearly impossible. With the support of The Mound Foundation, the Flower Mound Fire Department coordinated a prescribed/controlled burn of the southern two-thirds of The Flower Mound, on Thursday, March 2. Prescribed burns afford native plant species the opportunity to grow by eliminating invasive plants which hog sunlight and choke out native plants, while also providing a better habitat for wildlife who call The Mound home. Controlled burns also play a big factor in reducing the risk of wildfires, which are at an increased risk of between January and March, due to dry, windy conditions. This also supports FMFD’s “Ready, Set, Go” program, by increasing awareness about potential high-risk wildfire conditions, such as the significant plant overgrowth on The Flower Mound, and taking measures to reduce those conditions.
Prior to the burn, firefighters went door-to-door communicating the plan of action for controlled burn, in addition to offering tips on how nearby homes and businesses can reduce the risk of wildfires around their property. Some of these tips include: cleaning roofs and gutters of dead leaves and debris, removing flammable material exterior walls, repairing loose or missing shingles, and removing all storage from underneath decks. Anytime a prescribed burn takes place, FMFD has numerous firefighters on-hand creating a tremendous fire suppression force, many of which have been trained by the U.S. Forest Service on how to read weather conditions, topography, types of vegetation, and the moisture level present in that vegetation, which help firefighters determine the best, and safest conditions for a controlled burn. FMFD plans to conduct smaller prescribed burns over the next two years to maintain a healthy and wildfire-safe Mound, while still providing a safe haven for wildlife living there. Town leaders look forward to seeing the healthy regrowth of wildflowers on The Flower Mound in the months and years to come.