Controlled burns planned at military park

Published 12:22 am Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Vicksburg National Military Park and workers from the Natchez Trace Parkway will be conducting a series of controlled burns involving about 56 acres in the military park Monday and Tuesday, weather permitting.

In addition to Fort Hill, controlled burns will be set in the vicinity of Fort Garrott and the Railroad Redoubt on the park’s south loop, and Graveyard Road and Thayer’s Approach on the north loop, said Rick Martin, chief of operations at the park.

Martin said National Park Service wildfire specialists supervised by a specialist from the Natchez Trace will conduct the burns.

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The controlled fires are used to help maintain the park, eliminate invasive plant species and provide a more historically accurate view of the park.