Unified Command Okays Controlled Burn

Favorable weather conditions have allowed responders to prepare to conduct a controlled burn today, the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center reported late Wednesday morning.

Controlled burns remove oil from the open water to protect shoreline and wildlife, the unified command reported. They serve as a single component of a coordinated response that combines tactics deployed above water, below water, offshore, and close to coastal areas.

The center expects no populated areas to be affected by the controlled burn operations, nor should any impacts to marine mammals and sea turtles occur. In order to ensure safety, the Environmental Protection Agency will continuously monitor air quality. Burning will cease if safety standards cannot be maintained.

An April 28 controlled burn lasted 28 minutes, removing thousands of gallons of oil.