Debris Pile Burn/Structural Fire Training Exercise May 3-5, 2013
Catoctin Mountain Park to Conduct a Debris Pile Burn/Structural Fire Training Exercise Debris Pile Burn/ Structural Fire Training Exercise
Catoctin Mountain Park and the Guardian Hose Company of Thurmont, MD will conduct a mutual Structural Fire Training Exercise May 3 - 5, 2013. The exercise, conducted on the recently acquired Braestrup Property is part of Catoctin's Five Year Fire Plan. Debris burning reduces the build-up of hazardous fuels that, under proper circumstances could ignite wildland fires. Implementing this approved prescribed fire meets the following fire plan objectives for the Braestrup property: restore the cultural landscape to the 1930's era, enhance joint training with cooperating agencies and provide fiscally responsible debris disposal.
The Braestrup property will be closed at noon on Thursday, May 2 and will reopen at dawn, Monday, May 6. Primary ignition will take place at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 3. The fire will suppressed and mop-up operations concluded by Sunday, May 5. Smoke is not expected to impact areas beyond the park boundary including State Route 491 and Buck Lantz Road. A map of the burn site is attached.
Please direct questions about the Fire Training Exercise to Fire Management Officer Don Stanley at 301-416-0100.
Did You Know?
Pileated Woodpeckers are the 2nd largest woodpecker in North America. Male has a red ‘moustache’ and the female has a black 'moustache'. Lifespan in the wild can be 8-12 years. The pileated is the only member of the woodpecker family that drills an oval-shaped hole.