Heavy smoke around San Antonio attributed to prescribed burn at JBSA-Camp Bullis; visible from space

Prescribed burns planned for Jan. 9-11 and Jan. 16-19

SAN ANTONIO – A prescribed burn at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis is being blamed for heavy smoke being reported in and around San Antonio.

Many KSAT 12 viewers have contacted us regarding the smoke. The prescribed burn comes on the same day that windy weather was forecast for the San Antonio area.

Camp Bullis Fire (Courtesy: CIRA/NOAA)

JBSA officials said prescribed burns are planned for Camp Bullis on Jan. 9-11 and Jan. 16-19, if weather permits.

During this time, people may see or smell smoke in the area.

Watch a timelapse video of the prescribed burn in the video player above. The video was submitted by KSAT Connect user SkyWatcher (Oscar).

“This proactive measure aims to reduce hazardous fuels within the installation, mitigating the risk of intensified wildfires,” a Facebook post from JBSA states.

The burns are intended to reduce fuel loads, like thick brush, to lower the risk of future, unplanned wildfires.

JBSA-Camp Bullis spans 27,000 acres in North Bexar County, near Interstate 10 and Loop 1604. It includes ranges, training areas and wildlands used by service members for training.

SkyWatcher (Oscar)

Another drone shot of the brush fire along the northern edge of Bexar county. The shot gives an idea just how far the fire is from the Stone Oak area.

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SkyWatcher (Oscar)

A ground level picture of the brush fire along the northern edge of Bexar county. The smoke has made its way to the Stone Oak area.

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