The National Park Service plans to burn several piles of woody debris at Tumacácori National Historical Park in early April. Although the project’s target date is April 10, 2014, the piles will only be burned if and when environmental conditions are favorable and adequate fire management resources are available.
The piles consist of mesquite tree branches and other brush previously thinned in the park. This hazard fuels reduction project will reduce fuels that could feed a wildfire along the park’s western boundary. This will reduce the threat of fire to private homes and help protect the plants, wildlife, and important cultural resources in the park.
The piles will be ignited by firefighters and monitored until they are completely out. Local residents and park visitors may see open flames and/or smell smoke in the vicinity of the park during the burn. The project is anticipated to be completed in one day.
For more information on the National Park Service Wildland Fire Management Program, visit http://www.nps.gov/fire.
To learn how you can reduce wildfire risk on your own property, please visit http://www.firewise.org.