Controlled Burning at the Chickasaw Village Site February 24

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Date: February 23, 2017
Contact: Travis Neppl, (662) 401-5288

TUPELO, MS: Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway will conduct a prescribed fire (controlled burn) on Friday, February 24 at the Chickasaw Village. This prescribed fire will help to restore the native prairie and reduce vegetation that could burn in a wildfire along the parkway boundary. The prescribed fire is located at:

Prescribed Fire Name



Chickasaw Village


Lee, MS

The hiking trails at the Chickasaw Village site will remain open during the burn. However, hikers should expect temporary delays between the hours of 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Friday afternoon.


Prescribed fire is a cost effective tool used to manage 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

Last updated: February 27, 2017

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Tupelo, MS 38804


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