Chickasaw National Recreation Area spokesperson Dan Winings said rainy weather has put the park’s prescribed burns on hold.
The park originally announced burns would be conducted from Feb. 1 through Thursday, but so far only 550 acres in the Five Lakes area, out of the 3,000 acres marked for prescribed fires, have been burned.
“Due to increased moisture, additional plans to burn are on hold for now,” Winings said. “Fire managers still have plans to burn approximately 2,450 additional acres in the Five Lakes, Hunting, Golf Course, Point and South Boundary areas of the park this spring if weather conditions are favorable.” Prescribed burns are being used to thin eastern red cedar.
“Residents near these burn areas will benefit because the fuel from dead plant material that has accumulated over the years is reduced under controlled conditions. This significantly reduces the threat a wildfire would pose to people and property in and near the park. Prescribed fire also improves habitat which will contribute to increases in species such as deer and turkey and thereby improve hunting opportunities,” Winings said.
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Winings said those who wish to receive daily updates on which burn unit will be ignited and the predicted direction of smoke should call (580) 622-7282.