(Neb)-Prescribed Fire Planned For Agate Fossil Beds NM
AFBNM - The National Park Service plans to conduct a prescribed fire, weather-permitting, sometime over the next month at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument to reduce the amount of old dry vegetation and non-native plants as well as to encourage the growth of the native prairie plants.
The 334-acre North Carnegie Unit burn is tentatively set for sometime between October 14 and November 15, but the actual date and decision to burn will be determined by available staffing plus weather and fuel conditions.
Prescribed burns are conducted only if conditions such as temperature, humidity, wind, and moisture content of fuels fall with a fairly narrow range.
The burn area is on the north side of the Niobrara River, surrounding the monument's housing area and visitor center, and continuing to the north and east boundaries.
Crews from the Northern Great Plains Fire Management Area will work the burn using motorized
engines and hand crews to create as little disturbance as possible to the monument's natural and cultural resources.
Visitors and neighboring ranches can expect to see smoke and increased traffic from fire equipment along Hwy 29 and River Road during the prescribed burn, which is expected to take 2 days.
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