National Park Service Plans A Prescribed Burn At Monocacy National Battlefield In March

It’s designed to reduce vegetation & the risk of a wildland fire.

Frederick, Md (KM) A prescribed burn is expected to take place at the Monocacy National Battlefield next month. The National Park Service says the burn is scheduled for March 4th through the 15th, and will cover 28 acres in the Gambrill Mill area.

The purpose of the prescribed burn, according to the Park Service, will be reducing vegetation in the area which lowers the risks for wildland fires. It also improves wildlife habitat and helps maintain the historic battlefield landscape similar to the way it was during the 1864 conflict.

Officials say the burn will take place weather permitting, especially when it comes to the temperatures, humidity and wind conditions.

During the prescribed burn, the area near Gambrill Mill will be closed. These closures could last for two days.

In addition, the Park Service says additional roads, trails and other areas could be closed temporarily if smoke conditions reduce visibility to a level that affects public and fire fighter safety.   Updates on  closures and fire activity will be posted on the Monocacy National Battlefield Facebook page.

By Kevin McManus