The Texas A&M Forest Service announced it is conducting a second prescribed burning event on the WG Jones State Forest on Feb. 17.

The burning will take place between I-45 and Hwy. 242 south of FM 1488. The Forest Service stated in a press release local city and fire officials would be notified of the burning, and signs should be in place for residents in the area to avoid approaching the area while the prescribed burning is happening.

Prescribed burning is a form of forest control that involves careful monitoring and management of fire in areas to control unwanted growth, make way for reforestation and increase visibility.

According to the Forest Service, most East Texas pine forests are burned every two to three years. However, many forests have gone over 10 years without a prescribed burn. The first prescribed burn of the WG Jones State Forest was held Jan. 13.