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National Park Plans Prescribed Burns

Post Date:03/05/2019 3:11 PM




Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Plans Prescribed Burns

Prescribed burns are tentatively scheduled for late March


Appomattox, Va. –National Park Fire Managers are planning two prescribed burns in the park during the month of March. Ignition of prescribed fire is dependent on favorable weather conditions, and due to weather uncertainty, it is not possible to predict the exact dates for each burn. The weather also plays a factor in the level of smoke produced by the prescription burns, so there is potential for smoke along Route 24 within the park boundaries. Please be aware of potential smoke during the latter part of March when traveling through the park. The park will provide an announcement of exact dates on its Facebook page at:

Prescribed fires are ignited by fire managers under a pre-determined set of conditions, including weather, fuel moisture and resource availability, in order to accomplish specific resource management objectives. The following burns are planned for this year:

•Village Field Unit: Fifteen acres of fields on the northern side of the historic village will be burned to improve hay stands and reduce encroaching woody vegetation.  The fields are planted in native, warm-season grasses, which need periodic burns to maintain their health and vigor.  The field was last burned in 2016.

•Ferguson Field: This 25-acre field is maintained in native grasses and forbs with the use of prescribed fire. The field provides wildlife habitat while maintaining the open landscape of 1865. The field was last burned in 2016.


All prescribed burns will be conducted as interagency projects, with local support, under the guidance and direction of trained and experienced National Park Service personnel. Specific questions about the prescribed burns should be directed to Brian Eick at 434-352-8987 ext. 228.