Prescribed Fire Planned For Next Week At Monocacy National Battlefield

It will be near the Gambrill Mill area.

Map of Gambrill Mill







Frederick, Md (KM) The Monocacy National Battlefield is expected to conduct a prescribed fire at the historic site next week. The National Park Service says it will take place between March 8th and the 12th on 35-acres near the Gambrill Mill area.

Officials say the goal is to reduce the buildup of vegetation which reduces the risk of wildland fires. Along with that, the prescribed fire helps maintain the historic nature of the battlefield similar to 1864., and improves wildlife habitat.

The Park Service say the timing of the prescribed fire will depend upon weather conditions such as wind, temperature and humidity. Wildland fire engines, fire fighters and mowed lines will work together to create buffer zones and fire breaks to keep the flames contained. NPS staff will monitor air quality and smoke impacts, especially if it affects  visibility of nearby roads. After the prescribed fire, fire fighters will patrol the area to make sure the flames are completely extinguished.

Roads in the Gambrill Mill area will be closed during the time of the prescribed fire. That closure could last for two days, depending on fire conditions. The National Park Service says Gambrill Mill boardwalk will be open during the prescribed fire, and the public can watch the fire from that location.



By Kevin McManus