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A prescribed burn will take place on the Isle of Spoil

With the current drought conditions, ESD #2 surged ahead the holiday weekend by fighting fires with fire.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Fourth of July weekend is a much-celebrated holiday along the coast, and while it may be weeks away, crews are already making sure to keep a close eye on the fireworks.

The Island Blast Fire working exhibition is a beloved 4th of July tradition for Coastal Bend families; but with the usual red, white and blue boats of all shapes and sizes, there is almost always a small fire breaking out on the spoil islands near the display.

“We haven’t had the opportunity to burn the last two years with weather conditions like this last year. We didn’t think it was going to burn and it did.” said Deputy Fire Chief JP Hominick of Emergency Services District No. 2.

In 2021, a fire broke out on the Isle of Spoil two minutes after the fireworks.

That’s why Hominick and his ESD Team #2, with help from Station #13, and the Annaville Fire Department are holding a controlled burn ahead of this year’s event.

“There are hundreds of boats here,” Hominick said. “And at night they come home through that smoke, so if we can help it’s to burn that now, so when they leave that night they won’t have to navigate through that.”

Hominick said their property is to ensure that all island residents and spectators can enjoy the show and return home safely. And even though overhead fires are now allowed, due to the drought conditions, it is important to be careful.

“Any overhead fireworks that may occur will create a dune fire, so if we can go ahead and clear an area now, that’s one less area to worry about on the night of the 4th,” Hominick said. .

Due to Wednesday’s winds, Hominick predicts the controlled burn will take about three hours.

The fireworks will take place on Sunday, July 3 and will begin at 9 p.m.

Organizers of the Island Blast Firework Display have yet to reach their $31,000 fundraising goal to stage the event, which will fire 1,400 shells to light up the sky. For the link to donate, you can visit their website. The Island Blast Fire working exhibition

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