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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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  • Cumberland Gap Tip Line

    Help protect your national park! Report any crimes or suspicious activity including damage or theft of park resources. More »

  • No Cave Tours or Hensley Tours on September 27

    There will be no Gap Cave or Hensley Settlement tours offered on September 27, 2014 due to special Heritage Walk program. For more information please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817, extension 1075.

  • Sugar Run Trail Closed to Horses

    The Sugar Run Trail is temporarily closed to horse use due to the number of fallen trees as a result of recent storms. The trail is still open for hikers, but hikers should use caution.

  • Back the Bears!

    Support the park's "Back the Bears" campaign and help keep our bears wild and safe! More »

Fire Management

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wildland fire

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Fire plays a vital role in natural ecosystems. Wildland fires which occur naturally help to keep flammable materials known as "fuels" from accumulating. If fires are not periodically allowed in the natural system, fuels can build up and create a situation in which a major forest fire can occur. Major fires are much more extreme and do much more damage.

Wildland firefighters help to contain fires set naturally and fight fires caused by humans. They help to protect visitors and resources by carefully managing fire within the park.

The Cumberland Gap Fire Use Module is dedicated to managing fires in the park and assisting other firefighters throughout the country. more...

 

Did You Know?

Pioneers cross Cumberland Gap

Between 1775 and 1810 some 300,000 settlers crossed Cumberland Gap and began settling the land west of the Appalachians. These brave pioneers were following dreams of prosperity in the wilderness of Kentucky.