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Trail Closure for Prescribed Burns

By: Kathy Atnip
02/10/15 02:45:27 PM

Look for controlled burns affecting the Current River section of the Ozark Trail from early February to early April. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the National Park Service (NPS) will close the Current River section from mile 8 to mile 14 in the areas of Denning Hollow and Stegall Mountain and mile 18 to mile 20 in the Midco 6 area of Peck Ranch CA. The exact timing of the burns will depend on conditions, but please stay alert to possible burns and be ready to leave the areas if asked by these agencies.

Check with the Ozark Trail Association or the land manager if you’d like to know more about the exact dates of these controlled burns.

MDC and NPS will close the affected areas one day before the burns are scheduled and will open them again as soon as they are safe. Notes for your safety:

  • It's best to avoid overnight camping along the Current River section during this time.
  • Please remain close to the trail in these areas so that firefighters can contact you prior to the burns.
  • Be aware that smoke from prescribed burns can drift for several miles. If you're sensitive to smoke, please take measures to limit your exposure.

The prescribed burns planned will reduce natural fuels for unplanned fires and help restore native ecosystems and species including deer, turkey and collared lizards.

For more information, contact Missouri Department of Conservation, 573-323-4249 or Ozark National Scenic Riverways, 573-323-4236.