Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Prescribed Burns in Burns Park

There's got to be a joke in there, but you're on your own in that regard.
Mountain bikers and other Burns Park users need to be aware of upcoming precribed burns within the park.
This from Jeff Caplinger of NLR Parks:

The weather is looking good tomorrow (Wednesday 3/13) for the first in a series of prescribed burns at Burns Park.  Barring unforeseen circumstances or a change in the weather, we are planning to burn about 60-120 acres, basically inside the Red Loop Trail and possibly the north loop of the Green Trail.  A general map is available at http://nlrpr.org/parks/burnspark/burnplan.php

The Scout trailhead which is at the SW side of the Joe K. Poch overpass over I-40 will serve as our base of operations.  Only certified firefighters may be on the fire line or inside the burn unit.  Volunteers and park staff will be positioned around the burn unit to keep hikers, bikers, equestrians, and others out of the area. 

The Blue, White, and Yellow trails will remain open, but all visitors will be cautioned to be on the lookout for smoke and emergency vehicles.

My experience with these operations is that plans are subject to change due to weather or other outside factors, so don't be shocked if the time line changes.

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