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.

Natchez Trace FMO Shawn Nagle (second from left, facing) explains ignition tactics at Chickasaw Village, a cultural site maintained by anthropogenic fire.

Workshop Brings Together Firefighters and Park Rangers

Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi
National Fire Plan, Accountability*

On November 2, 3, and 4, 2010, thirty firefighters, park rangers, and public affairs officers gathered at Natchez Trace Parkway headquarters in Tupelo, Mississippi, to share success stories and tactics for educating the public about fire as an ecological process.

The class of 2010 poses in front of the Tupelo Visitor Center at Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile historic road from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. Click for a larger version.

The meeting was the third annual fire interpretation workshop organized by the National Park Service Southeast Regional Fire and Aviation Management program and the first to be joined by participants from the NPS Midwest Region. Both regional offices, Natchez Trace Parkway, and 12 other national parks, including San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico, sent staff to the workshop. Participants from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, and county government also attended or presented.

Professor Cecil Frost of the University of North Carolina kicked off the meeting with a talk on methods for discovering an area's pre-contact fire return interval. The "focus on ecology" continued with other classroom presentations and a half-day of field trips to learn about fire management operations and their integration with the interpretive program at Natchez Trace parkway. As one participant concluded, "It was very successful! I learned lots about fire ecology, and got wonderful ideas to take back and use from an interpretive standpoint."

Natchez Trace Superintendent Cam Sholly (center, hands on hips) uses the workshop to present awards for inter-divisional cooperation to both interpretation and fire staff. Click for a larger version.

Contact: Rudy Evenson, Southeast Regional Fire Education Specialist
Phone: (404) 507-5628

*This story supports Department of the Interior initiatives.