Controlled burn under way

Published 12:42 am Friday, December 10, 2010

The burns usually take place in the winter, Burdette said, but the next cycle might take place during summer months.

“That’s more of a natural fire,” he said. “It would be like if lightning struck during a drought. It would have a better effect on controlling the brush and getting grasses and wildflowers coming up there.”

Like the wildlife, longleaf pine trees will also benefit from the burns. The original pines were planted in the 1930s and, Burdette said, they are trying to bring them back.

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The public can expect the area to remain black until spring and then blossom with fresh vegetation.

Alabama State Parks Division personnel will be assisted by staff and equipment from the Alabama Forestry Commission, Valley Grand Fire Department and the Summerfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Burdette said every effort will be made to ensure safety and proper smoke management during this burn period.

For more information, call (334) 850-2469.

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