Controlled Burning of Shiloh Battlefield during the Winter Months

Firefighters refill a drip can
NPS Firefighters Refill a Drip Can

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News Release Date: January 25, 2017

Shiloh National Military Park will conduct a prescribed burn in the late fall months. Park staff, with assistance from the Natchez Trace Parkway Fire Management Team, will burn two units: East Branch and North Spain Branch Units. The East Branch Unit is a 232-acre unit bordered by Hamburg-Purdy Road to the north, Eastern Corinth Road to the east, Corinth Road to the west, and, sharing a boundary with the Middle Branch Unit, Peabody Road to the south. The Northern Spain Branch Unit is a 163-acre unit located on the south central border of the battlefield. It is bordered by Hamburg-Purdy Road to the north and Eastern Corinth Road to the west.

Prescribed fire is a beneficial and cost-effective tool for managing several forest types, as well as grasslands. Historically, fire has played a natural role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. A controlled burn reduces the build-up of dead woody debris and non-native vegetation, decreases risk of catastrophic wildfire, and provides habitat and forage for animals. This year park management aims to begin the burn as early as January 27th, and it may occur anytime in the following winter months, with weather conditions being the determining factor.

Warning signs will be placed along the border roads as a safety precaution to motorists and pedestrians. Motorists are expected to travel at a safe speed with their headlights on when smoke is present during the burn. They should also be alert for park rangers, wildland firefighters, and equipment along these roadways.

For more information about Shiloh Battlefield’s control burn program, please contact Marcus Johnson at (731) 689-5275.

Last updated: January 25, 2017

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