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  • Carriage Roads Closed

    All park carriage roads are closed until further notice to prevent damage during the spring thaw. For more information: (207) 288-3338

  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff and Valley Cove areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Blackwoods Campground is open

    Blackwoods Campground is open and is sites are available by self-registration at the campground. More »

  • 2014 Season Openings

    Park Loop Rd, Cadillac Mountain Rd, & Hulls Cove Visitor Center is open. Call (207) 288-3338 or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS) for more information More »

  • Jordan Pond boat ramp parking lot is closed for construction

    It's scheduled to reopen on June 28. There may be intermittent openings at the discretion of the contractor. The North Lot parking area will remain open for access to the Jordan Pond House Restaurant & hiking & biking trails.

Fire Management

Prescribed Burn
Prescribed burns play an important role in managing natural resources.
NPS/Todd Edgar

Fire Management Program


The fire management program at Acadia National Park performs a full range of wildland fire management operations and services, including fire prevention, education, preparedness, suppression, prescribed fire, hazard fuels management, the reduction of wildland/urban interface hazards, monitoring, and research. The program also conducts wildland fire prevention operations and provides fire management assistance to ten other National Park Service (NPS) units in New England and New York, which along with Acadia National Park make up the North Country Area Park Fire Management Group.

Some of the activities carried out by the fire management program include:

  • wildland urban interface education and outreach
  • operation of five wildland fire suppression engines and one water tender
  • maintenance of a hundred-person fire cache and a twenty-person fire cache
  • maintenance of a trained cadre of primary and incidental wildland firefighters
  • use of prescribed fire for management of park vistas and cultural landscapes
  • mechanical removal of hazard fuels in high use areas
  • creation and maintenance of boundary fuel breaks along park boundaries and around selected park facilities
  • monitoring of prescribed fires and long-term forest conditions
  • research into fire effects and the long-term history of wildland fire in the park.

The fire management staff also administers the Rural Fire Assistance Program, which provides federal financial assistance to rural fire departments that assist the park.

Mobilization of park and other North Country Area firefighters to out-of-state fires is coordinated and directed by the fire management staff. This mobilization service is also provided to wildland firefighters from other federal agencies in the area, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and to local Indian tribes.

Structural fire prevention operations include the inspection and maintenance of fire extinguishers, acquisition and maintenance of fire detection and fire suppression systems in park buildings, and coordination with local fire departments that provide structural fire suppression services for park buildings. The fire management staff also provides professional, technical, administrative, and logistical support to the fire management programs of the ten other NPS units in the North Country Area.

These programs protect the lives of park staff, visitors, and neighbors; provide wildland and structural fire protection to the 35,500+ acres of land and 200+ buildings that make up Acadia National Park; and assist ten other National Park Service units in the protection of their people and resources from fire.


For information about wildland/urban interface, click here.


Fire Ecology


For information about fire ecology, click here.


Wildland Fire


For information on wildland fire, click here.


Wildland Fire Fuel Break


For information on wildland fire fuel break, click here.
For maps of fuel breaks, click here.


Wildland/Urban Interface


Did You Know?

The wide carriage road is lined by the spring foliage of birch trees.

Acadia National Park's carriage road system, built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., has been called “the finest example of broken stone roads designed for horse-drawn vehicles still extant in America.” Today, you can hike or bike 45 miles of these scenic carriage roads in the park.