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Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192
Conditions are favorable for prescribed burns Wednesday through Friday in Mammoth Cave National Park. Some areas of the park will be temporarily closed for the safety of firefighters and visitors.
“There could be smoke on some roads and trails, and some areas will be closed for the safety of the firefighters and the public,” said Superintendent Patrick Reed. “Based on the prescription, average flame height on each of the burns is expected to be two feet or less. Fire will be allowed to creep downslope into the hollows; there will be no ignition in the hollows or along the river.”
Specific temporary closures for each of the planned burns are as follows:
Wednesday, March 31, Bruce Hollow Glade, 112 acres –
Green River Ferry, Green River Ferry Road, and certain trails in the headquarters area will be closed for part of the day on Wednesday. Green River Ferry will operate from 6:30 a.m. until morning conditions are appropriate to ignite the burn, approximately 9:30 a.m. The burn will be completed on Wednesday. Signs will be posted in the closed areas. The ferry and road will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so. The trails between the campground and ferry parking lot may remain closed longer, to ensure that all fire hot spots are extinguished. Bruce Hollow Glade will be accomplished with hand ignition.
Thursday, April 1, Floating Mill Hollow, 2,487 acres –
Flint Ridge Road, the picnic area, and Dixon and Green River Bluffs trails will be closed temporarily. Traffic to the visitor center may be rerouted. Smoke may be visible north and east of the park. On the day of the fire, firefighters will blackline the perimeter, by burning a swath 10 to 20 feet wide inside the fireline. Aerial ignition, via helicopter, will be used to set the ridgetops on fire.
Friday, April 2, Joppa Ridge, 2,328 acres –
Green River Ferry, Green River Ferry Road, Turnhole Bend Trail (southside), and Joppa Ridge Road will be closed for part of the day on Friday. Green River Ferry will operate from 6:30 a.m. until morning conditions are appropriate to ignite the burn, approximately 9:30 a.m. The burn - more - will be completed on Friday. Turnhole Bend Trail and Joppa Ridge Road may remain closed longer, to ensure that all fire hot spots are extinguished. Aerial ignition, via helicopter, will be used to set the ridgetops on fire.
“Smoke will be visible inside and outside the park on each of these days,” added Rich Caldwell, the park’s fire management officer. “We want people with breathing conditions to be aware of the burns, in case they need to alter their activities.”
For more information on the park’s controlled burns, please call the park at 270-758-2192.