Little River Canyon National Preserve near Fort Payne, Ala., is preparing to conduct a prescribed burn on Thursday, according to a news release from the National Park Service.
"The weather is looking favorable and we hope to accomplish a good burn to help reduce fuel accumulations and enhance wildlife habitat," spokeswoman Mary Shew said in the release.
This project will focus on areas east of the river within the Wildlife Management Area, including roads 02, 03, and 04. For the safety of firefighters and visiting public, the river fords and all WMA roads on the east side of the river will be closed. No driving or horseback riding will be allowed on those roads from today through Friday, or until the fire is declared out.
Park staff will assist the professional firefighters under the leadership of the Mississippi Zone Fire Management Team, as well as staff from various parks, Shew said in the release.
For more information, call 256-845-9605.