Controlled Burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway in 2015

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Date: December 9, 2014
Contact: Travis Neppl, 662-401-5288

TN, AL, and MS: The Natchez Trace Parkway released its prescribed fire (controlled burning) schedule for 2014-2015. From December 2014 through September 2015, prescribed fire operations will be conducted at various locations along the Parkway (see table below).

Prescribed Fire Name

Milepost

Prescribed Fire Name

Milepost

MP 404 Burn Pile

404.4

Arlington WUI

260.9 – 261.1

Tobacco Farm

401.7 – 403.1

Lakeside WUI

259.9 – 260.8

MP 401 Barrens

400.9 – 401.6

Hernando de Soto

243.2 – 245.9 W

ML Hiking Trails

385.7

Monroe Mission

243.2 – 245.9 E

MP 386 Burn Pile

385.6

Chickasaw Agency

241.0 – 241.6

Old Trace Drive

375.3 – 377.5

MP 231 Burn Pile

231.2

MP 334 Burn Pile

334.0

MP 219 Burn Pile

219.1

MP 309 Burn Pile

309.5

Little Mountain

192.9 – 193.3

Tishomingo State Park

304.0 – 304.9

MP 148 Burn Pile

148.4

Twentymile Overlook

278.3 – 278.6

MP 120 Burn Pile

119.5

Need Center

265.2 – 266.5

West Florida Boundary

107.9 – 108.2

Lakeshire Woodlands

262.4 – 263.8

Boyd Site

106.7 – 107.3

Chickasaw Village

261.4 – 262.0

Rocky Springs

54.1 – 55.8

 

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



Last updated: April 14, 2015

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