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Congaree National Park Conducting Prescribed Burn on Thursday, March 11, 2021

Prescribed burn taking place in front of the park entrance sign.


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News Release Date: March 5, 2021

Contact: Greg Cunningham, 803-647-3983

Hopkins, SC – Park rangers from Congaree National Park, along with staff from Kings Mountain National Military Park, Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park and the SC Forestry Commission, will be conducting a prescribed burn on Thursday, March 11, weather and conditions permitting. The fire will be conducted in the area east of the park entrance road and encompass approximately 165 acres. The fire is intended to help with fuel reduction and habitat restoration, in accordance with the park’s fire management plan.

Precautions have been taken to minimize impacts to park visitors and park neighbors. However, Longleaf Campground, Longleaf Trail and sections of Bluff Trail will be closed from Wednesday, March 10 through Friday, March 12. Additionally, smoke may be seen for several miles and may drift over nearby roads, trails, and campgrounds. Recreational access to other park trails, facilities and Bluff Campground will remain open. Visitors may experience short delays along the entrance road as crews work nearby.

Additional details and updates will be posted on the park’s website and social media channels.

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Last updated: March 5, 2021

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