On February 9th 2012, the Natchez Trace Parkway completed a 161 acre prescribed burn. Weather cooperated with firefighters with moderate relative humidity and favorable winds. Firefighters used drip torches to blackline over 6 miles of control line. The ignition process was completed within 4 hours and visibility on the parkway was not an issue.
Prescribed fire goals and objectives on the Natchez Trace Parkway come from the resource management and fire management plan. The Federal Wildland Fire Policy of 2001 recommends that federal land management agencies within fire dependent communities continue to reintroduce and maintain fire as part of the ecosystem.
Goals for the Milepost 17 & 18 prescribed burn:
Reduce fuel loading in order to protect Natchez Trace Parkway resources and adjacent communities from wildlife.
Restore and perpetuate natural communities dependent on fire.
Increase abundance and diversity of native species.
Natchez Trace Fire Management personnel along with AmeriCorps burned 5 grass units earlier in the week for a total of 50 acres of treated grassland. The grassland restoration prescribed fire plan is implemented with the purpose of restoring native prairies and using fire helps reduce woody stem encroachment.
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Thursday February 09th, 2012 approx. 12:00 PM|
|Incident Commander||Travis Neppl|
Timber and pine.