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Contact: Randy Scoggins, 423-569-9778
Contact: Howard Duncan, 423-286-7275
During the next few weeks, National Park Service fire crews will be conducting a series of prescribed fires within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The prescribed fires, as defined in the approved Fire Management Plan, will all be located within the boundaries of the park.Fires will occur on the Tennessee side of the park.
The Mitchell fields off Duncan Hollow Road behind the Bandy Creek Campground, Cecil Stewart fields, and Darrow Ridge project in Tennessee may be burned if conditions are within prescription to conduct prescribed burns.
These prescribed fires will serve to help to promote species diversity for the park flora and fauna. After the burns take place, these areas will have enhanced wildlife habitat and should be an excellent location for spring turkey hunting.
Only when the weather and conditions meet the defined prescription will the fires will be ignited. Any adjoining park neighbor who may be impacted will be contacted prior to ignition.
During the burns some park roads and trails may be closed temporarily for visitor safety. Please contact the park’s visitor centers at either (423) 286-7275 or (606) 376-5073 for the latest information on the current status of any burn or associated closure.