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  • Short Construction Delays Possible Near Tupelo, MS (milepost 264.4)

    Repairs on a bridge will require one-lane closures of the Parkway for about 1/4 mile near Tupelo. Work is expected to be completed in fall of 2014. Please use caution due to construction traffic around the work area. More »

  • Portion of National Scenic Trail Near Tupelo Closed to Hikers

    Part of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (NOT the Parkway) near Tupelo, MS, has been closed until 2015 due to construction under Tupelo's Major Thoroughfare Construction Project. Parkway travelers may expect delays, but no detours are expected. More »

Emergency Assignments

A Parkway employee serves as a public information officer on the Gulf Oil Spill response.

A Parkway firefighter serves as a Public Information Officer during the Gulf oil spill response.

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Not all of the Fire Management Division's work occurs on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Fire personnel respond to emergencies throughout the country. Whether that situation is in another national park or anywhere else that requires federal assistance, the Fire Division is prepared to help. These incidents include:

  • Large wildfires in other parts of the country,
  • Natural disasters, such as hurricanes or floods, and
  • Man-made disasters, such as the oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico.

The incident command structure under which all federal firefighters work is a universal way of organizing any number of people to accomplish a common goal. Fire personnel from the Natchez Trace Parkway can fit seamlessly into the command structure of any other federal agency, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This allows federal firefighters to get to work on the problem almost as soon as they arrive at an incident, knowing exactly where they belong in the solution.

Firefighters can be called for hands-on operations, such as extinguishing a wildfire or operating chainsaws to clear streets after a hurricane, or as part of the "overhead" team. As part of the overhead, fire personnel may help direct operational activities, organize logistics, create plans, or provide public information.

Did You Know?

The view from Little Mountain, one of the highest points along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

The terrain along the Natchez Trace Parkway changes from 70 to 1,100 feet in elevation and passes through 5 degrees of latitude.