National Historical Park plans prescribed burns

Published 11:00 am Thursday, March 10, 2016

APPOMATTOX — National Park Fire Managers are planning three prescribed burns in the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park during the weeks of March 21 or 28. 

According to a park press release, ignition of prescribed fire is dependent on favorable weather conditions, and due to weather uncertainty, it is not possible to predict the exact dates for each burn. 

“The weather also plays a factor in the level of smoke produced by the prescription burns, so please be aware of this when traveling along Route 24 through the park boundaries,” the release stated.

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“Prescribed fires are ignited by fire managers under a predetermined set of conditions, including weather, fuel moisture and resource availability, in order to accomplish specific resource management objectives.”

All prescribed burns will be conducted as interagency projects, with local support, under the guidance and direction of trained and experienced National Park Service personnel. Specific questions about the prescribed burns should be directed to Brian Eick at (434) 352-8987 ext. 228.