• Glowing sunset view from overlook - Photo by Jason Barnett Photography

    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Wildland Fire Management

Fire pic for website


The Big South Fork NRRA has a long history of wildland fire. Under the right conditions, a controlled burn is utilized to "clean up" the forest floor and promote re-growth. It may also be used to protect the public, adjacent communities, infrastructures, as well as cultural and natural resources. Controlled burning usually occurs in the early Spring and late Fall in our Park.

One way that fire is managed is through monitoring weather conditions. A Remote Area Weather Station (RAWS) is located in the Headquarters area in which data is collected and used to determine the risk for fire during certain weather conditions such as droughts and/or high winds.

Big South Fork NRRA has a fire management plan in which gives more details about fire and it use in the management of the Park.

Did You Know?

Black bear now live in and around Big South Fork.

In the mid-1990's black bear were released in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area to study relocation techniques and to determine whether adequate habitat existed in the area. There are now an estimated 40 - 50 bear living in and around the park. More...