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National Park Service plans for prescribed fire at Manassas National Battlefield Park

Several wildland firefighters near a historic cannon
Wildland firefighters manage a prescribed fire in April 2018

NPS / Nathan King

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News Release Date: November 18, 2019

Contact: Jonathan Shafer, (202) 619-7186

Manassas, Va. – Manassas National Battlefield Park is preparing for a prescribed fire. The tentative target dates are from Nov. 18 to 22. This window may be extended depending upon weather conditions. The planned fire will be on about 75 acres near the Brawner Farm (north of US-29 between Pageland and Featherbed Lanes).
This will be the park’s third prescribed fire, and it follows successful burns in April 2018 and March 2019. The goals of this burn are to restore historic battlefield viewsheds, maintain wildlife habitat and control woody and invasive species.

“Building off the great success we had with prescribed fires in April 2018 and March 2019, this is another opportunity to continue our efforts to return a significant segment of the battlefield back to its Civil War appearance,” Manassas National Battlefield Park Superintendent Brandon Bies said. “In addition to supporting the park’s goal of landscape restoration, prescribed fire allows native grasses to flourish and improves wildlife habitat. Safety is our top priority and we will only conduct the prescribed fire if conditions are appropriate.”

Many factors must align to conduct a prescribed fire and ensure public and firefighter safety. The timing of the prescribed fire is dependent on weather conditions being within required wind, temperature, and relative humidity parameters. Wildland fire engines, firefighters and mowed lines work in concert to create buffers and fire breaks to ensure the fire is contained. National Park Service staff will monitor air quality and smoke impacts including visibility on nearby roads. Following the active burn, wildland firefighters will continue to patrol the area to ensure the fire is completely out.

Temporary Closures Planned: During the prescribed fire, public areas and trails near the Deep Cut will be closed for up to two days. Additional roads, trails and areas may need to be closed temporarily if smoke conditions reduce visibility. 
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Last updated: November 19, 2019

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