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Superintendent Ken Mabery announced today that Scotts Bluff National Monument has scheduled a prescribed burn of the north section of the national monument. This burn area of the national monument is bordered by the Gering canal on the south, the North Platte River on the north, the small badlands area on the east and private land on the west. The Union Pacific Railroad property crosses through this area and is not part of this burn area.
Mabery said, "The exact date of the burn would depend on the weather and the availability of firefighters to assist." The exact weather conditions such as humidity, temperature, wind speed, and wind direction are all necessary to meet the national monument's fire management goals. Conducting the burn safely and minimizing drifting smoke in Gering and Scottsbluff are of utmost importance.If the weather conditions are not within prescription, the burn will not take place until those conditions are met. Citizens should be aware of increased vehicle traffic, especially fire engines on the nearby city streets and smoke.
The goals of the burn are to reduce fuel buildup, reduce non-native vegetation and to make available plant nutrients for new growth. For additional information regarding the planned burn and to learn more about prescribed fire in national parks, please contact Scotts Bluff National Monument Resource Management Specialist Robert W. Manasek at 308-436-9721.