FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2022
Contact: Byron Humphry
Park Maintenance Superintendent
Public Works Department
Prescribed burn at Lake Fayetteville Dam
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville will conduct a prescribed burn Wednesday, March 2, on Lake Fayetteville Dam if predicted weather conditions materialize.
The burn is scheduled to begin around 1 p.m. and will take place on the downstream slope and wetland area below the dam. The burn is anticipated to take an hour to complete. Its purpose is to eliminate vegetation that prevents thorough inspections on the dam and wetland area below the dam.
Immediately after the burn, City crews will repair any animal burrows or other threats to the integrity of the dam in areas that are difficult to inspect during other times of the year.
Ozark Ecological Restoration Inc. 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. Both Fayetteville and Springdale fire departments will be notified and on standby status to assist, if needed.
The burns only will be implemented under a strict set of weather and environmental parameters such as fuel, moisture, relative humidity and smoke dispersion indices. The trail on the dam is currently closed for new trail construction. It is not anticipated that the burn will require further closure of the trail or surrounding park area. Smoke may be seen or smelled nearby until ignition operations are complete.
For more information, please call the Parks Department at 479-444-3471.