Thursday, Feb 2, 2012
National Park Service News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: February 2, 2012
CONTACT: John Slaughter, (864)-461-2828 Donna Davis, (864)-461-2828
Cowpens National Battlefield to Conduct a Prescribed Burn
CHESNEE, SOUTH CAROLINA: Cowpens National Battlefield is planning a 100-acre prescribed burn within the park loop road. Favorable weather and site conditions will determine the exact date of the burn, tentatively scheduled for the last two weeks of February. The burn will be cancelled if weather and site conditions become unsatisfactory. Although the Visitor Center will remain open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, other sections of the park may be closed on the day of the burn for visitor safety.
Area residents will be able to see the smoke. Small areas of smoke and flames may be visible for several days; however, this is not a cause for concern. The National Park Service will continue to monitor these areas until the fire is out. “We’ve identified areas where a planned burn will help control non-native plant species and further our work to return the battlefield to its 1781 appearance. The National Park Service has to account for a lot of details in these burns,” said Superintendent John Slaughter. “We don’t just contain the fire, we plan for the direction the smoke will blow and the effect the burn will have on the experience of visitors traveling through the park. We also want to make certain that park neighbors aren’t alarmed when they see the smoke.”
The National Park Service’s Wildland Fire Module from Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will oversee the burn. They have extensive fire experience in the southeastern United States. If weather permits, the burn will begin in the late morning and continue into the late afternoon. In the event that someone needs to contact the park concerning the burn at 864-461-2828. www.nps.gov
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