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TUPELO, MS –The Natchez Trace Parkway has placed burn restrictions on all open fires effective immediately. The restrictions correspond with the fire restrictions put in place by a Proclamation State of Emergency Ban signed by the Governor of Mississippi. Due to elevated forest fire danger, the State of Mississippi has imposed a ban on all burning activity including: campfires, bonfires, fire pits, fire rings, burn barrels, debris burning, field burning, and any other ground fires. The ban affects the Natchez Trace Parkway from the southern terminus milepost 0.0 to the Alabama state line located at milepost 309. Areas of the Parkway, located in Alabama and Tennessee, are not affected as of October 22, 2015.
The use of propane/gas grills or outdoor propane/gas heaters is not affected by the ban. Additionally, the use of charcoal grills is not affected by the ban, but the coals and embers generated by a charcoal grill should be completely extinguished with water before removing or dumping. Any fire should not be left unattended and should be located safely away from other combustible materials. Fireworks are always strictly prohibited along the Natchez Trace Parkway and other federal lands.
These restrictions will remain in effect until such time as the fire danger in Mississippi becomes less severe. These restrictions are dependent upon extended fire weather and conditions and will be evaluated daily. Visitors to the parkway should note the restrictions may extend beyond those imposed by the State of Mississippi.
We ask for everyone's cooperation during this high fire danger period to decrease the potential for fire along the Natchez Trace Parkway this season.
To report a wildfire along the parkway, please call the Emergency Communication Center at 1-800-300-PARK (7275), or dial 911.