Fire Stories

Fire stories from the national parks highlight events, incidents, and the like, associated with fire and fuels management, as well as fire education, technology, partnerships, and more. Stories highlight work related to Department of the Interior initiatives as well as local and regional initiatives.

Delaware Water Gap completed its largest ever prescribed burn, a 121-acre section of the Snyder Unit in Pennsylvania. NPS photo by April Porth.

Target Acreage Safely Exceeded

National Fire Plan, Fuels Reduction*
NPS Northeast & National Capital Regions, (MD, ME, NY, PA, VA)

At one of Richmond Battlefield Park's Malvern Hill units, Natural Resources Management Specialist Kristen Allen keeps a watchful eye. NPS photo by Barb Stewart.

Saratoga National Historical Park continued with its prescribed burn program. National Park Service firefighters joined by New York State rangers completed their work in April. NPS photo by Douglas C. Jones.

Without accident or injury, National Park Service Northeast and National Capital Region parks achieved almost 130% of their targeted treatment acreage as of June 2009. Some mechanical treatments and pile burning are still in progress. Fire specialists were ready when weather conditions created excellent burning conditions in late winter and early spring. In addition to assistance from many nearby agencies, this year credit also goes to the Bandelier Wildland Fire Module, which supplemented in-region fire staff and militia for about three weeks in March 2009.

Contributing to the success were mechanical treatments at Acadia National Park, and burns at Cape Cod National Seashore, Assateague Island National Seashore, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Antietam National Battlefield, Richmond National Battlefield Park, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Saratoga National Historical Park and Shenandoah National Park.

Contact: Barb Stewart, Northeast and National Capital Regions, Fire Communication and Education Specialist
Phone: (434) 220-9065

*This story supports the Department of the Interior initiatives.