The Forest Service asks campers to take extreme care with any campfire sites, cooking activities, and open flames in Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area today and Wednesday.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Red Flag Warning for the national recreation area and surrounding communities. High winds, dry fuels, and low humidity increases the likelihood for wildfire activity in the area.
The last wildfire at Land Between The Lakes occurred on February 28, 2016. More information about the wildfire can be found at https://landbetweenthelakes.us/wildfire-at-land-between-the-lakes/.
Firefighting personnel at Land Between The Lakes anticipate the Red Flag Warning to continue through Wednesday. The Weather Service calls for rain in the area beginning Thursday.
Prescribed burning next week
With the anticipated rains, Forest Service firefighters have begun prepping the Franklin Creek and Buffalo Trail prescribed burns originally scheduled for last December.
John Westbrook, the new Environmental Stewardship Department Manager at Land Between The Lakes, explained that, “with the rain coming, moisture should be good. We expect weather conditions to be within our prescribed burning parameters which will lead us to the possibility of burning Franklin Creek next week.”
For more information on the Franklin Creek and Buffalo Trail prescribed burns, refer to our previous post at https://landbetweenthelakes.us/prescribed-burns-planned-for-december-at-land-between-the-lakes/.
Land Between The Lakes staff will notify local media outlets on days when prescribed burns are scheduled. Timely notices can be found at www.landbetweenthelakes.us on the Alerts page, or by calling 1-800-525-7077 or 270-924-2000.