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Prescribed fire planned at Hot Springs National Park
Prescribed fire planned at Hot Springs National Park

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Springs National Park is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations the week of November 2, weather permitted.

“Weather conditions permitting, prescribed fires will be completed along West Mountain Drive and Sugarloaf Mountain in the Cedar Glades Road area,” said Josie Fernandez, park superintendent.  West Mountain roads will be closed during burn operations and commuters need to plan for alternate routes.

Old-growth forest restoration, exotic species reduction and fuels reduction are the primary reasons for conducting prescribed fires.

“Fire is a natural process, and has been a part of Arkansas landscapes for thousands of years,” said Fernandez.  “Prescribed fire is a way for land managers to restore ecosystems in a carefully planned manner, using very specific weather and personnel guidelines to protect public safety while achieving resource management objectives.”

All efforts are taken to minimize smoke impacts, though smoke-sensitive individuals may want to avoid outside activities on the day of the operation. Visitors should keep in mind that certain areas of the park may be temporarily closed to the public to provide for 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) 365-2772.