National Park Service set to conduct prescribed fire burn on Friday May 18

Aerial map of prescribed burn areas
Aerial map of Eagle Lake and prescribed burn areas

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News Release Date: May 17, 2018

Contact: Christie Anastasia, 207-288-8806

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – Based on foreseeable conditions, the National Park Service is planning to burn vegetation located near carriage roads approximately one mile north of Sargent Mountain, between intersection 10 and 12 to perpetuate culturally significant historic vistas. The two locations are near each other and are 0.3 acres and 1.2 acres. 

Also, if conditions are right, another prescribed fire may occur at Carriage Road Vistas 87, 88, 89 which are located along the Aunt Betty Pond loop, just south of McFarland Hill.

There is a potential for delays if people are visiting these areas of the carriage roads to ensure everyone’s safety.

“We are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of fire personnel and the public as we manage open spaces and historic vistas in Acadia National Park,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “We also invite neighboring fire departments to participate in the prescribed fire burns as a training and community-building exercise.”

These prescribed fire burns are conducted by trained and experienced National Park Service fire personnel under controlled conditions. Prescribed fires are ignited by fire managers, under a pre-determined set of conditions- weather, fuel moisture, and staff availability- in order to accomplish more specific resource management objectives. Prescribed fire burns may occur any time within a designated timeframe when the right conditions exist. Weather conditions are closely monitored throughout the duration of the prescribed fire burn to ensure they are completed safely. All prescribed fire burns will be conducted as interagency projects, using local support.

The National Park Service (NPS) is planning to conduct a number of prescribed fire burns in Acadia National Park through June 1 and again from September 1 to November 30, 2017, provided weather and fuel conditions meet the conditions established in the park’s prescribed fire plan. The purpose of the prescribed fire burns is to perpetuate native plant species and open space landscapes by preventing the successional invasion of grasslands by shrubs and trees. The prescribed fire burns will also reduce natural hazard fuels, which will help minimize fire risk to park and adjacent lands.

Before prescribed fire burns occur there will be more specific details released regarding dates and locations. The NPS will notify and coordinate with local towns and fire departments as far in advance of a prescribed fire burn as possible.

To view a map of Acadia National Park Motor and Carriage Road Vistas, visit
https://www.nps.gov/acad/learn/management/rm.htm

To save a carriage road map on your mobile device visit https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/upload/CRUMmap.pdf

To learn more about wildland fire at Acadia National Park visit https://www.nps.gov/acad/learn/management/wildland-fire.htm



Last updated: May 17, 2018

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