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Hot Springs National Park Plans for Prescribed Fires

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News Release Date: February 23, 2024

Contact: Jeff Johnson, Chief Ranger, 501-620-6780

Contact: Joshua Hampton, Fire Specialist, 870-416-5319

Hot Springs, AR - Hot Springs National Park is planning to conduct prescribed burns on portions of Hot Springs Mountain on Monday, February 26 and West Mountain and a portion of Whippoorwill on Thursday, February 29, 2024, if weather conditions remain favorable.

Monday, February 26 – Road and trail closures will be in effect for the safety of the public and fire staff. Portions of Fountain Street and Hot Springs Mountain Drive will be closed to traffic. Upper and Lower Dogwoods, Goat Rock, Hot Springs Mountain, Peak, Honeysuckle, Floral and Shortcut Trails also will be closed. These areas will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

The Hot Springs Mountain Tower also will be closed on Monday, February 26 due to associated road closure and will reopen on Tuesday, February 27 by noon. Visitors can check the Hot Springs Mountain Tower Facebook page for current opening information.

Thursday, February 29 – If weather conditions remain favorable, starting Thursday, February 29 West Mountain Drive and trails on West Mountain will be closed to the public until noon Friday, March 1.

Fuel reduction is the primary reason for conducting the prescribed fire operations. Fire is a natural process to reduce the buildup of hazardous wildland fuels for the prevention and control of wildfires, to protect infrastructure, and to improve wildlife habitat.

Although all efforts are taken to minimize smoke impacts, people who are sensitive to smoke may want to avoid outside activities on the days of the prescribed burn operation. Visitors should keep in mind that certain areas of the park may be temporarily closed to insure public and fire fighter safety.

For more information on the Prescribed Fire or the Hot Springs National Park Fire Management Plan, contact Chief Ranger Jeff Johnson at 501-620-6780.

Please be sure to follow the park’s social media page or the park’s current conditions page online for the most up-to-date information on the project.


About Hot Springs National Park: Established as a federal reservation in 1832 to protect the unique geothermal spring water and associated lands for public health, wellness, and enjoyment. In 1921, the area became a national park with the same mission; preservation of the 47 hot springs that come out of the Hot Springs Mountain and the historic resources built for visitor enjoyment of the hot springs. Visit us at, on Facebook, and Instagram.

Last updated: February 23, 2024

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