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Press Release

Prescribed Burn Planned for Oak Mountain and Gulf State Park

February 15, 2011

Prescribed Burn Planned at Oak Mountain as Part of Wildland Fire Class
A prescribed fire is scheduled for Oak Mountain State Park on Thursday, February 17, 2011. The burn is part of a Wildland Fire Academy Class, which consists of fire professionals attending a course taught by fire officials from the City of Pelham Fire Department. The class is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Forest Service in Alabama.
 
The bulk of the class is made up of students from various resource management and fire control professions.  They include members of the Alabama Forestry Commission, Structural Fire Departments, the U.S. Forest Service and Alabama State Parks Division.
 
The purpose of the exercise is to create a realistic scenario based on a prescribed fire within the upper dam site between the fishing lakes and to control unwanted vegetation, which has limited the growth of grass on the dam face. The prescribed burn exercise will enable participants to better provide for the safety of firefighters, improve the command and control of fire suppression efforts within the park, and to better coordinate prescribed burns in the future.
 
Prescribed Burn Planned for Gulf State Park February/March 2011
A prescribed burn on 40 acres within Gulf State Park is planned for February 23, through March 2011, weather permitting. The Alabama State Parks Division, the Alabama Forestry Commission and the cities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores will conduct this burn to reduce the fuel load within the 40 acre compartment.  The burn will take place west of the cabin area off of County Road 2.
 
Every effort will be made to ensure proper smoke management and safety of surrounding areas during this period. As in past burns, the Alabama Forestry Commission and the cities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Fire Departments will assist as needed.
 
Alabamians are encouraged to learn more about the importance of prescribed burning in relation to the stewardship of our natural resources and its role in the protection of our citizens from wildfires.
 
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.  To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com .

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