Controlled burning set for Natchez parkway

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Park Service will be doing controlled burning along the Natchez Trace Parkway through next June.

Such prescribed fires are done to manage forests and grasslands that encompass the parkway. They reduce the buildup of dead woody material, decrease the risk of catastrophic wildfire and have other benefits.

If visibility drops below 500 feet because of smoke, the parkway may be temporarily closed.

Smoke may be visible for several days after prescribed fire operations have ended.

The parkway has been doing prescribed fires since 1992.

The Associated Press

Click video to hear audio