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Posted on: February 14, 2019

[ARCHIVED] FYI: HSNP Prescribed Burn Operations

Hot Springs National Park is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations between February 15 and March 1, 2019, depending on weather. Controlled burns may be completed on Sugarloaf Mountain in the Cedar Glades Road area; along Bull Bayou near the Crabtree Cemetery; along Pullman Avenue; and on park property off of Blacksnake Road.

“Old-growth forest restoration, exotic species reduction, and fuels reduction are the primary reasons for conducting the prescribed fire operations. Fire is a natural process and a way for land managers to restore fire to ecosystems in a carefully planned manner, using very specific weather and personnel guidelines to protect public safety while achieving resource management objectives,” said Park Superintendent Laura Miller.

Although all efforts are taken to minimize smoke impacts, people who are sensitive to smoke may want to avoid outside activities on the days of the prescribed burn operation. Visitors should keep in mind that certain areas of the park may be temporarily closed to insure public and fire fighter safety.

For more information on the Prescribed Fire or the Hot Springs National Park Fire Management Plan, contact Prescribed Fire Specialist Tony Collins, at 870-577-2340.

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