Prescribed fire at Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Chickasaw National Recreation Area prescribed fire
Smoke from prescribed burn in The Point area of the park Credit: NPS photo by Bruce Fields

The Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma is conducting a series of prescribed fires in order to reduce hazardous fuel and the numbers of eastern red cedars.

slash pile of red cedar
Red Cedar Slash before the burn. Credit: NPS photo by Bruce Noble
Chickasaw National Recreation Area prescribed fire
Firefighter uses driptorch to ignite prescribed burn Credit: NPS photo by Brent Woffinden

Through the judicious use of chain saws, many of the cedars have already been reduced to slash, so the project is a little like burning a unit that has been selectively logged.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area prescribed fire
Firefighter ignites prescribed burn with a driptorch Credit: NPS Photo by Bruce Fields

More about the project can be found on InciWeb. This is the first time we have seen a prescribed fire on InciWeb, but it’s a great way to provide the public with information — much more than you would see in a newspaper article. And you don’t have to depend on a reporter to get the facts straight.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area prescribed fire
Firefighters use flares to ignite portions of the burn unit along the lakeshore Credit: NPS photo by Brent Woffinden

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills.

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