SULPHUR — Chickasaw National Recreation Area will begin a series of prescribed fires starting today and continuing through March, depending on weather conditions.
Approximately 1,500 acres may be treated, according to CNRA spokesperson Dan Winnings.  Burning is anticipated to occur primarily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The burns, which will attempt to simulate natural fire conditions will occur in the Buckhorn, south boundary (in the vicinity of Goddard Youth Camp Road), east hunting, and golf course areas of the park.
“The fires will be conducted by a management team consisting of firefighters from Chickasaw NRA, Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Meredith NRA, and other National Park Service units,” Winnings said. “During the burn periods, property owners will be notified about work in their area.”
Winnings pledged, “Firefighter and public safety are the number one priority.”
“Anyone sensitive to smoke or has pre-existing respiratory problems should limit outdoor activities and keep windows closed during the burns.”
Smoke may be visible in downtown Sulphur, Davis, Dougherty, Rock Creek, Veterans Lake, Buckhorn areas, Goddard Youth Camp Road, and along Chickasaw Trail. However, Winnigs said every effort will be made to minimize smoke impacts. Wind direction and upper level mixing of smoke will be utilized in an attempt to eliminate or reduce these inconveniences. Smoke will be present in the vicinity during burning, but is generally expected to settle over the Lake of the Arbuckles and disperse overnight.   
Those who would like to receive daily updates on which burn unit will be ignited and predicted direction of smoke impacts, please call (580) 618-2601 or visit