Smoke in the area believed to be from a prescribed burn at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Victoria area residents smelled and saw smoke Tuesday afternoon

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Photo by Trey Meynig

VICTORIA, Texas – If you smelled or saw smoke outside Tuesday afternoon, you weren’t alone.

Around 3:30 p.m. several Victoria residents reported smelling smoke in the area but don’t worry, fire department personnel think it was from a controlled burn outside the county.

“I believe it is from a prescribed burn at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge,” says Fire Marshal, Thomas Legler.

The fire poses no serious harm to the community. People with sensitivity to air pollutants and/or smoke should limit their time outside when this occurs. Staying indoors is recommended.

The Victoria County Public Health Department released the following:

As a result of a large controlled burn south of the city that is currently occurring, residents in Victoria are experiencing haze and a strong smell of smoke. Please see more details below.
For citizens in the affected areas with respiratory conditions and breathing problems, the following is urged to minimize exposure:
1. Residents with respiratory problems should stay indoors.
2. Close doors, windows and fireplace dampers.
3. Set air conditioners on re-circulate, with the fresh intake closed.
4. Avoid making indoor air worse with cigarette smoke, burning candles, frying or aerosol sprays. Don’t use vacuum cleaners, which stir up dust.
5. Avoid extreme physical activity.
6. Drink plenty of water.
7. Take extra steps to protect children and older adults.
8. Seek medical care if symptoms become severe. Symptoms include cough, scratchy throat, shortness of breath, chest pain or stinging eyes.
Source: Victoria County Public Health Department