FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 20, 2021
Contact: Byron Humphry
Park Maintenance Superintendent
Public Works Department
Prescribed Burn Scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 21,
at Callie’s Prairie at Lake Fayetteville
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In an ongoing effort to restore the natural vegetation at Lake Fayetteville, the City of Fayetteville is planning a prescribed burn on Tuesday, Dec. 21, to aid in prairie restoration, site preparation and to create a favorable environment for native plants. The burn will be at Callie’s Prairie on approximately 26 acres north of the Environmental Study Center located on Lakeview Drive.
The burn will take place assuming currently predicted weather conditions. If weather conditions are not suitable, the burn will be rescheduled.
For safety reasons, public access along the paved trail near the prairie will be limited while the burn is occurring. Trail users are asked to be prepared to turn around or detour to the natural surface trail during the burn. As needed, detours will be set up to utilize the natural surface trail near the prairie. Closure of the natural surface trail is not anticipated.
Ozark Ecological Restoration Incorporated, an experienced and trained burn contractor, will conduct the burn in cooperation with the City’s Public Works Department. Prior to the completion of the burn, crews will assure that all sparks and embers have been fully extinguished. Fayetteville and Springdale fire departments will be notified and on standby status to assist, if needed. The burn will only be implemented under a strict set of weather and environmental parameters such as fuel, moisture, relative humidity and smoke dispersion indices.
Citizens may see or smell smoke on the day the burn is conducted until ignition operations are complete. Public safety is the top priority for the City and its burn contractor. For more closure information, call Parks and Recreation at 479-444-3471.