Prescribed Fires

A prescribed fire on Little Round Top slowly moves from left to right down the slope of the hill. There are monuments along the top of the hill. The fire is moving through brush.
April 10, 2017: A prescribed fire on Little Round Top slowly moves from left to right down the slope of the hill.

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Prescribed Fires

Prescribed fires allow fire managers to conduct a safe burn under optimal conditions with sufficient resources available to meet specific objectives for the management of battlefield resources. Gettysburg’s overall objectives are to maintain the conditions of the battlefield as experienced by the soldiers who fought here; perpetuate the open space character of the landscape; maintain wildlife habitat; control exotic invasive species; reduce shrub and woody species components; and reduce fuels in wooded areas to reduce fire hazard.

Fire Management Plan

This long-range fire management plan (FMP) for Gettysburg National Military Park (GETT) and Eisenhower National Historic Site (EISE) uses the benefits of natural and prescribed fire to achieve desired natural resource conditions in accordance with the Federal Wildland and Prescribed Fire Management Policy (1995, 2001, & 2009). NPS Director's Order #18, Wildland Fire Management (DO-18), requires all Parks units with vegetation capable of sustaining fire to develop a FMP. A combined FMP was developed for both GETT and EISE because the two Parks are contiguous and they are managed by the same NPS staff.
 

Last updated: April 10, 2018

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