Prescribed Burns Planned for Acadia

Prescribed burn.
Fire managers working with a prescribed burn.

NPS/Chris Buczko

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News Release Date: May 4, 2015

Contact: Fred Mason, 207-288-8783

Acadia National Park fire managers are planning to burn four vistas along Park Loop Road on Wednesday, May 6th and Thursday, May 7th. Ignition of the fires is dependent on weather and wind conditions. The proposed burn areas are located along the two-way section of the Park Loop Road at Duck Brook Road vista, the 1947 Fire Overlook, the vista near Park Loop Rd and ME 233, and at the Jordan Pond vista.

Prescribed fires are ignited by fire managers under a pre-determined set of conditions--weather, fuel moisture and resource availability--in order to accomplish specific resource management objectives. All prescribed burns will be conducted as interagency projects, using local support, under the guidance and direction of trained and experienced interagency fire personnel.

The purpose of burning the vistas is to reduce reproduction and growth of seedlings and saplings that, if left untreated, will block the scenic views from the overlooks.The fire will also help to promote the growth of low growing brush that will require less maintenance.The vistas are a cultural landscape, and as part of the park mission, the park staff is responsible for keeping vistas open for visitors to enjoy.

Last updated: May 5, 2015

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