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The South Bluff/Crown Rock prescribed fire at Scotts Bluff National Monument is scheduled for the second-half of October, depending upon weather and fuel conditions.This 1100-acre prescribed fire unit encompasses monument land located on the south side of the Old Oregon Trail Road to the southern boundary. It is expected to take one day to complete the burn, with firefighters monitoring the project and its effectiveness for several days following.
During the first two weeks of October, firefighters from the National Park Service Northern Great Plains Fire Management Office prepared the perimeter of the burn unit and put protection in place along the swales that mark the route of the Oregon, California, and Pony Express Trails through the monument.The primary purpose of the fire is to reduce hazardous fuels and remove non-native vegetation. A reduction in herbaceous fuels will allow firefighters better opportunities to control future wildfires, which could escape onto private lands.
Traffic along Oregon Trail Road may be impacted by fire activities and vehicles along the roadway.Residents living near the monument boundary may also be impacted by smoke, depending upon wind and inversion, and are advised to keep their windows closed on the day of the burn and overnight.As weather and fuel moisture come into prescription, additional information on the exact date and time of the burn will be released.
The Scotts Bluff National Monument visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The summit road is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.All Monument trails are open from sunrise until sunset. Additional information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules can be obtained at the visitor center, by calling 308-436-9700 or by visiting our website at https://www.nps.gov/scbl or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/scottsbluffnps.
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