Last Updated: Dec 12th, 2013 - 12:51:18

Prescribed burn announced for Lake Meredith
By National Park Service
Dec 12, 2013, 10:31

FRITCH Lake Meredith National Recreation Area will conduct a prescribed burn near the Bugbee community between the dates of Dec. 12-13.
The colored in area indicates where a prescribed burn will be taking place at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area.

The prescribed burn will reduce hazardous fuel in the park areas near Bugbee. The amount of moisture received in the last six months has caused an above average growth of grass, resulting in several areas of concern. The North Canyon, Triangle, and Spring Canyon areas will be burned to reduce the dangers associated with catastrophic wildfires that could threaten public and firefighter safety and local communities or ranchlands. Park fire staff and local fire departments will work together in using fire to reduce the grass load and to create a barrier between the park and the communities.

The prescribed burn will be conducted as a cooperative effort between the National Park Service and local fire departments, including Fritch VFD, Borger FD, Stinnett VFD, Hutchinson County Fire Marshal's Office, Amarillo FD, Potter County VFD, and Randall County VFD.

During the prescribed burn some areas may be closed to the public. Travelers should proceed with caution by reducing vehicle speed and turning on their headlights when smoke is present. While temporary inconveniences may occur during the prescribed burn, the result will ultimately improve safety and recreational opportunities for the public.

For more information, please contact Todd Wood, Prescribed Fire Specialist at 806-865-3360 x422.