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Valley Forge National Historical Park to Begin 150-Acre Prescribed Fire on April 11th & April 12th

Post Date:04/10/2018 1:35 PM

UPDATE (4/9/18):

Prescribed fire operations will begin on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12 from approximately 10AM - 4PM daily, depending on conditions. Designated public viewing areas will be at Waynes Woods, National Memorial Arch, Varnums Picnic and the Von Steuben parking lots. Road and trail closure information is available in the Resources section below.

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Valley Forge National Historical Park to Begin 150-Acre Prescribed Fire as Early as March 27th 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3/23/2018

WHAT:

A 150-acre prescribed fire is scheduled to begin as early as March 27th in the vicinity of PA Route 23 and Gulph Road within Valley Forge National Historical Park. This controlled burn will be conducted outside of normal commuting hours but the public should expect to see smoke and fire adjacent to trails and roadways. Local police and fire departments have been advised.  Federal and state authorities are conducting the prescribed fire to reduce the encroachment of invasive plant species in park meadows. 

WHEN:

As early as Tuesday, March 27 2018 - specific dates/times are to-be-determined. The date(s) and times of the prescribed fire is dependent on conditions being within required weather parameters such as wind, temperature, and relative humidity.  Once appropriate firing conditions are reached the date(s) and time(s) of the fire will immediately be posted to http://go.nps.gov/vafofire and at www.facebook.com/ValleyForgeNHP/

WHO:

National Park Service Staff, Mid-Atlantic Fire Management Area Staff, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry and assistance from local fire companies. 

WHERE:

Valley Forge National Historical Park, a 3,500 acre national park unit located in both Montgomery and Chester counties in King of Prussia, PA. The area to be burned totals 150-acres within 5 distinct meadows adjacent to PA Route 23 and Gulph Road (see attached map). Visitor facilities, trails, and roads will remain open throughout the burn, although some adjacent trails may require temporary closure. Traffic on PA Route 23 and Gulph Road may experience short delays due to smoke. 

NPS Map of Fire Plots and Viewing Areas

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Additional fire information including Frequently Asked Questions, maps, the official prescribed fire burn plan, and the list of designated public viewing areas is available at http://go.nps.gov/vafofire

CONTACTS:

Jonathan Parker
Public Information Officer
National Park Service
610-342-5182 (cell)
Jonathan_Parker@nps.gov

Information contained in this advisory is subject to change.

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