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Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 580-622-7282
Chickasaw National Recreation Area began a series of prescribed fires on February 18th to reduce eastern red cedar in the park. If conditions are favorable, fire managers may continue burning through April 1st. The burns will occur near the Point,
Smoke from the prescribed fires may be visible in the towns of
Local residents and visitors in the area who are sensitive to smoke or have pre-existing respiratory problems should limit their outdoor activities and keep windows closed during the burn. If you would like to receive daily updates on which burn unit will be ignited and predicted direction of smoke impacts, please call 580-622-3165 and provide your contact information (phone, fax, or e-mail). If you have health problems that will be aggravated by smoke, we strongly encourage you to call the park for further assistance at 580 622-7220.
Intermittent delays along roadways in the vicinity of the burns may be possible. Please slow down, turn your headlights on, and watch for firefighters working along the road. For your safety, please do not stop along the road in the vicinity of the burn.
Approximately 3,000 acres of slash from thinned eastern red cedar cut during the summer and fall of 2010 may be burned. Native to
Resources assigned to the burn include 38 firefighters, 7 engines, and 1 dozer. Cooperators include Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge (TX), Bryce Canyon National Park (UT), Buffalo National River (AR), Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (TX), Mesa Verde National Park (CO), Saguaro National Park (AZ), Sulphur Fire Department, Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge (OK), and Zion National Park(UT).
Additional fire information including updates, maps, and photos are available online at www.inciweb.org. For additional information, please call 580-662-3165.