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Tornado Recovery Operations Continue

Stones River National Battlefield

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Members of the Type 3 IMT (Wayne Elliott, IC) continue to clear downed limbs, remove hazard trees and snags, and otherwise return the park to a normal operating condition. Crews from Great Smoky Mountains, Natchez Trace, and Big South Fork continued chipping operations on the tour road on Tuesday. Members of the Natchez Trace fire module cleared down trees on the boundary trail along with park staff. Blustery winds were a factor on Tuesday, but drying conditions prevailed and all crews made excellent progress. The boundary trail is now open for administrative use. There was one near miss incident involving a chainsaw that’s being investigated by the safety team. The crew member was wearing full personal protective equipment and as was therefore not injured. A rental track hoe has arrived and will be used to remove large trees from the cotton field trail, supported by a dump truck and operator from Mammoth Cave and a chipper and operator from Fort Donelson. Joe McGrogan, deputy director of Fentress County Emergency Management Agency near Big South Fork, is on scene to see how a Type 3 organization operates. Portions of the park – including the tour road, the Hazen Brigade Monument and the boundary trail – remain closed to the public. The visitor center, national cemetery, the quarter-mile Pioneer Brigade trail, the McFadden Farm unit, Fortress Rosecrans, Redoubt Brannan, and the generals’ headquarters sites remain open.



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