Manassas National Military Park plans first ever prescribed fire

USS ALASKA

1st Lieutenant
Forum Host
Joined
Mar 16, 2016
Messages
3,736
#1
National Park Service plans first ever prescribed fire at Manassas National Battlefield Park first two weeks of April

Date: April 2, 2018
Contact: Jan Lemons, 202-536-9071

Manassas, Va. Manassas National Battlefield Park is preparing for a prescribed fire between April 3-13. The planned fire will be adjacent to the eastern edge of the Brawner Farm area and will cover up to 45 acres of open fields and scrub. This will be the first prescribed fire at the park.

Public and Firefighter safety are of utmost importance. Many factors must be in place to conduct a prescribed fire including optimal weather conditions and firefighting resources.

“This is a great opportunity to restore a significant segment of the battlefield back to its appearance during the Civil War. Through the use of prescribed fire, native grasses will flourish, and soon visitors will experience the battlefield landscape like it has not been seen in over a century,” Manassas National Battlefield Park Superintendent Brandon Bies said. “Safety is our top priority and we will only conduct the planned burn if conditions are appropriate.”

The timing of the prescribed fire is dependent on weather conditions being within required wind, temperature and relative humidity parameters. Wildland fire engines, firefighters and mowed lines work in concert to create buffers and fire breaks to ensure the fire is contained. National Park Service staff will monitor air quality and smoke impacts including visibility on nearby roads. Following the active burn, wildland firefighters will continue to patrol the area to ensure the fire is completely out.

Fire goals include restoring historic battlefield viewsheds, maintaining wildlife habitat and controlling woody and invasive species.

Temporary Closures Planned: During the prescribed fire, public areas and trails between the Brawner Farm Interpretive Center and the Deep Cut area will be closed for up to two days. The Brawner Farm Interpretive Center will remain open and the public may view the fire at this location. Additional roads, trails and areas may need to be closed temporarily if smoke conditions reduce visibility.

More information, including a map of the project area, is available on the park website. Updates to fire plans associated closures will be posted on the park website, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ManassasBattlefield.

https://www.nps.gov/mana/learn/news...battlefield-park-first-two-weeks-of-april.htm

Cheers,
USS ALASKA
 

(Membership has it privileges! To remove this ad: Register NOW!)

USS ALASKA

1st Lieutenant
Forum Host
Joined
Mar 16, 2016
Messages
3,736
#5
Prescribed fire restores historic views, wildlife habitat


MANA_Brawner_Rx_Fire_20180411_NKING_117_crop.jpg

Firefighters manage a prescribed fire in the Brawner Farm area of Manassas National Battlefield Park.
NPS / Nathan King

News Release Date: April 13, 2018
Contact: Jan Lemons, 202-619-7017

Manassas National Battlefield Park completes first-ever prescribed fire at Brawner Farm

Manassas, Va. - On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, National Park Service (NPS) firefighters successfully completed a prescribed fire in Manassas National Battlefield Park’s Brawner Farm area. Firefighters methodically ignited approximately 60 acres of meadow and brush to achieve three main goals: maintaining the landscape as it appeared during the Civil War, reducing the chance of wildfire, and improving habitat for wildlife including Northern bobwhite and American woodcock.

This was the first prescribed fire in the park’s history and the first prescribed fire on NPS land in Prince William County, Va. To ensure a safe and effective operation, the team had to wait for ideal weather conditions. An earlier scheduled burn was delayed because the soil was too wet.

“Our team was excited to complete the park’s first prescribed fire safely and successfully,” Park Superintendent Brandon Bies said. “We are eager to see the results, including better views and more wildlife habitat.”

Twenty-nine staff from 11 national parks in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia and Pennsylvania helped with the fire. The staff primarily used hand tools to ignite and control the fire, with assistance from four engines and three utility task vehicles.

Before the prescribed fire, park staff surveyed the area for Civil War artifacts and wildlife.

The NPS acquired the Brawner Farm in 1985. At the time, much of the property had grown over with trees. Subsequently, the trees were cleared, restoring the historic sight lines present during the battles at Manassas in 1861 and 1862. Because of the difficulty mowing in the rocky and uneven terrain, fire is an effective way to reduce woody plant growth and to maintain the meadow ecosystem.

In August 1862, the Brawner Farm was at the center of the Confederate lines at the opening of the Battle of Second Manassas (Second Bull Run). The battle saw action from well-known units on both sides of the Civil War, pitting the Confederates’ “Stonewall Brigade” against the Federals’ “Iron Brigade.” The Confederates won the battle.

https://www.nps.gov/mana/learn/news/prescribed-fire-restores-historic-views-wildlife-habitat.htm

Cheers,
USS ALASKA
 



(Membership has it privileges! To remove this ad: Register NOW!)
Top