Wildland Fire Exercise/Prescribed Burn Planned for Oak Mountain State Park

A training exercise based on a current Wildland Fire Plan is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at Oak Mountain State Park. The exercise is a cooperative endeavor between the Alabama State Parks Division, the Alabama Forestry Commission, the Cities of Pelham, North Shelby and Chelsea Fire Departments, Shelby County EMA and adjacent landowners.

The exercise will also include participation from the Wildland Fire Academy Class, which consists of fire professionals attending a course taught by fire officials through the City of Pelham Fire Department, and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Forest Service in Alabama. 

The bulk of the four-day class is made up of students from a variety of Resource Management and Fire Control professions. They include members of the Alabama Forestry Commission, Structural Fire Departments, State Lands Division, the U.S. Forest Service, Alabama State Parks Division and Alabama A&M.

The dual purpose of the exercise is to create a realistic scenario based on a prescribed fire (weather permitting) within an 80- to 100-acre mountain longleaf zone. The exercise will enable participants to better provide for the safety of those called to suppress a wildland fire; enable those groups to move, isolate and coordinate suppression efforts through command and control in a cohesive manner within the park including ingress/egress to and from private property; and to better coordinate prescribed burns in the future.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions:  Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.