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By: Matt Atnip, Executive Director
03/30/15 01:54:08 PM

A prescribed burn is scheduled for March 31st - Stegall Mountain to Peck Ranch - Current River Section. This burn will impact the trail from south of Rocky Falls to the Peck Ranch border.This is trail miles 9.5 to 14.

By: Abi Jackson
03/30/15 08:41:20 AM

On Monday, March 30th, the US Forest Service will be conducting a 1,510 acre prescribed burn at the Delbridge south prescribed fire unit. This will impact the Ozark Trail from Delbridge Rd to Martin Rd on the Trace Creek section. Resources on-site can assist users around the unit.

By: Matt Atnip, Executive Director
03/25/15 09:29:02 AM

From State Park website -
Mar 20, 2015 - Mar 26, 2015

All trails are closed beginning the evening of Sunday, March 22 through at least Thursday, March 26.  This includes the Ozark Trail sections in the park and Mina Sauk Falls Trail.  No backpacking camping or hiking is allowed during this time.  Staff will be conducting a managed burn on those days. This closure has been extended past the originally expected date due to strong wind gusts expected in the area of the burn.

Also closed will be the trailhead accessing the Ozark Trail section from Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.

By: Abi Jackson
03/25/15 07:10:45 AM

Ozark National Scenic Riverways has rescheduled the Denning Hollow Prescribed Burn for Wednesday, March 25, 2015. This prescribed burn encompasses 404 acres and is located in Shannon County near Rocky Falls. Park visitors near Rocky Falls, as well as those traveling on State Highways H or NN, may notice smoke from the prescribed burn. A section of the Ozark Trail, from approximately Mile 8 to Mile 10 in the Current River Section, crosses the unit and will be subject to closure during the prescribed burn. Residents traveling on Highway 60 between Winona and Van Buren may see smoke several miles north of the highway.

The prescribed fire program at Ozark NSR is conducted by trained and experienced National Park Service fire personnel. One of the primary goals of this project is to provide for firefighter and public safety. Care will be taken while burning to avoid impacts to visitors and adjacent landowners. People who are not part of the prescribed fire operation should avoid areas of active fire.

Smoke may be visible in the park and along roadways. Please drive cautiously, reduce your speed, and turn on your headlights. Watch out for wildlife, fire personnel, and vehicles along roadways. If you are sensitive to smoke, please take measures to limit your exposure.

Some sections of the park or roadways may be temporarily restricted for your safety.