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Contact: Travis Neppl, 662-401-5288
Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway is planning to conduct a
prescribed fire (controlled burn) in Lee County, MS between May 5 and May 8, 2015. The
prescribed fire is at the Chickasaw Village Site, milepost 262 of the Natchez Trace Parkway. The National Scenic Trail and horse trail at the Chickasaw Village site will remain open during the burn.
Prescribed fire is a useful and cost effective tool for managing the forests
and grasslands that encompass the Parkway. Prescribed fire reduces the buildup of dead woody
material, decreases the risk of catastrophic wildfire, perpetuates fire dependent vegetation, reduces
exotic vegetation, provides habitat and forage for animals, and restores the natural role of
fire in a healthy ecosystem.
During prescribed fire operations, smoke warning signs will be placed along
the Parkway as a precaution. Motorists should travel at a safe speed with headlights on when
smoke is visible. Please be aware of park rangers, firefighting personnel, and equipment along the
roadway and mow line. If visibility falls below 500 feet, the Parkway may be temporarily closed until
smoke has cleared. Some smoke may be visible for several days after initial prescribed fire
operations have ended.
For more information about the Natchez Trace Parkway Fire Management
Division, please visit https://www.nps.gov/natr/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm