BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Baton Rouge park officials announced that Howell Community Park will undergo a prescribed burn the week of Jan. 15.

According to BREC, the area that will be burned includes several acres of “Grow Zones” which are made of native grasses and flowers that have been restored from non-native turf grass. BREC says the burning grass could produce minimal flames and a thin layer of smoke.

These areas help the park control stormwater and reduce flooding and erosion issues while requiring fewer taxpayer dollars to maintain, according to BREC.

A team of professionals will start and watch over the burn. BREC says that the park will be closed on the day of the burn, however, guests can still visit surrounding parks.

BREC asks that residents who live, work, or are driving nearby who see light smoke not to report the fire as it has been approved by the fire department.

BREC’s target date for the burn is Jan. 17 but weather conditions must be met. If not, the burn will be postponed.