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(Mammoth Cave National Park – April 17, 2006) Mammoth Cave National Park will be conducting prescribed fires April 20-22. Because the fires produce smoke that may linger, some areas in the park will be temporarily closed, and some locations adjacent to the park may experience minor smoke-related effects.
“We make sure to get a safety message out prior to the prescribed fires, so the public knows what to expect,” said Superintendent Patrick H. Reed. “There could be smoke on some roads and trails, and some areas will be closed to ensure the safety of the firefighters and the public. This is short notice, but we can only burn when the weather and other conditions are just right.”
Mammoth Cave officials ask travelers to be aware of fire equipment and personnel in the vicinity of the fires. Any persons with health conditions aggravated by smoke should especially avoid areas around the burn sites.
“We have set a tentative schedule,” said Rich Caldwell, park fire management officer. “If the weather conditions stay within our prescription criteria, we hope to do all three fires this week.”
The schedule and associated safety precautions are as follows:
Friday, April 20 – Chaumont: residents along Highway 70 and Highway 255 adjacent to the park’s southeast boundary may experience some smoke; traffic may be delayed due to smoke.
Saturday, April 21 – Big Woods: White Oak Trail and White Oak backcountry campsite will be closed temporarily. Traffic along the Little Jordan Road may experience brief delays. Smoke may be visible north and east of the park.
Sunday, April 22 – Dennison Ferry: Dennison Ferry Road and Dennison Ferry Day Use Area will be closed temporarily. Traffic along the Flint Ridge Road and Park Ridge Road may experience brief delays. Smoke may be visible north and east of the park.
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