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Contact: Vickie Carson, 270.758.2192
(MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK - March 22, 2009) Mammoth Cave National Park staff will conduct the Temple Hill prescribed fire on Monday, March 23. Because the fire will produce smoke that may linger, some areas in the park will be temporarily closed. Drivers are reminded to drive slowly and use their headlights in smoky areas.
The Temple Hill prescribed fire consists of 1,876 acres north of Green River in the vicinity of the Temple Hill trailhead. Smoke will be visible to the public during this fire in the Brownsville, Lindseyville, Sweeden, Nolin Dam, Lincoln, and Cub Run communities. Smoldering may continue for several days after the burn. Houchins Ferry and Houchins Ferry Road-North will be temporarily closed during the burn. All trails and backcountry campsite west of Collie Ridge Trail will be temporarily closed during the burn. Collie Ridge Trail and trails to its east will remain open, as will Lincoln and Maple Springs trailheads. Homestead, Turnhole Bend, Sal Hollow, and White Oak backcountry campsite will be open.
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 ignite the ridgetops on the Temple Hill fires. Based on the prescription, average flame height is expected to be two feet or less. The fire will be allowed to creep downslope into the hollows; there will be no ignition in the hollows or along the river.
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