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Prescribed Fires Planned at Hot Springs National Park

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Date: February 11, 2022
Contact: Jeffrey Johnson, Chief Ranger, 501-620-6780

Hot Springs, AR - Hot Springs National Park is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations Monday, February 14 through Wednesday, February 16, 2022, depending on weather conditions. Controlled burns may be completed on Sugarloaf Mountain, Music Mountain and, if time and weather permit, Graves Gravel Pit on Whittington Avenue.

For hiker safety, Sunset Trail will be closed from West Mountain Summit to Blacksnake Road and on Monday, February 14 and from Blacksnake Road to Cedar Glades Road on Tuesday, February 15. Closure signs will be posted at the trailheads.

“Old-growth Forest restoration, exotic species reduction, and fuels reduction are the primary reasons for conducting the prescribed fire operations. Fire is a natural process and a way for land managers to restore fire to ecosystems in a carefully planned manner, using very specific weather and personnel guidelines to protect public safety while achieving resource management objectives,” said Park Superintendent Laura Miller.

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 Jeff Johnson, Chief Ranger at 501-620-6780.



Last updated: February 11, 2022

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