Prescribed Burn To Take Place At Monocacy National Battlefield

The Park Service says it will cover 25-acres.

Frederick, Md. (KM) – A prescribed burn is expected to take place at the Monocacy National Battlefield Tuesday through Thursday, March 15th to the 17th, 2022. . The National Park Service says this operation covers 25-acres at the Gambrill Mill and Worthington Farm areas.

Officials say the burn is designed to reduce the buildup of vegetation and reduce the risk of wildland fires in the future. It will also improve  habitat for wildlife, and help to maintain the historic open landscape as it was in 1864, when Union and Confederate soldiers clashed.

The Park Service says the prescribed burn will take place if wind, temperature and relative humidity are favorable. Officials say wildland fire apparatus, fire fighters and mowed lines will work together to create buffers and fire breaks to keep the fire contained. National Park Service staff will monitor the air quality and smoke impacts, and that includes visibility on near roads. Fire fighters will also patrol the area to make sure the fire is completely extinguished.

During the prescribed fire, public areas at the Gambrill Mill and Worthington Farm will be closed. These closures could last for two days depending upon fire conditions. But an area near Gambrill Mill will be open to anyone who wishes view the fire.

The National Park Service says roads, trails and other areas may be closed temporarily if smoke conditions reduce visibility where it has adverse affects on the public and fire fighter safety.

Up-to-date information will be posted on the Park’s website and Facebook pages, according to the Park Service.

By Kevin McManus