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Natchez Trace Parkway News Release - Controlled Burn at Chickasaw Village

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Date: January 24, 2018
Contact: Travis Neppl, 662-401-5288

TUPELO, MS: Weather depending, the Natchez Trace Parkway will conduct a prescribed fire (controlled burn) on Friday, January 26 at the Chickasaw Village site. 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 be temporarily closed on Friday afternoon from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

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.

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Last updated: January 24, 2018

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