OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WXXV) — Gulf Islands National Seashore will attempt to conduct a controlled burn in the Davis Bayou Area of the national seashore Wednesday, February 26 through Friday, February 28.
Acceptable weather conditions are expected beginning today.
Visitors are advised to avoid the area west of Park Road, north of Robert McGhee Road, and north of the visitor center complex.
- What: Controlled burn in the Davis Bayou Area
- Who: National Park Service and cooperators
- Where: Davis Bayou Area west of Park Road, north of Robert McGhee Road, and north of the visitor center complex.
- When: Wednesday, February 26 through Friday, February 28
Burn operations are dependent on weather conditions, if conditions are right, burning will likely begin around 10 a.m. and end by around 4 p.m.
If conditions change the operation will be cancelled.
This season’s prescribed burning is funded by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund to Mississippi.
Recent wildland fire seasons have been extreme, serving as a reminder that fire is a natural process and proactive measures can diminish the possibility or prevent wildfires from spreading.
Introducing fire into the system, through the seashore’s prescribed fire program can help curtail the risk to life, property, and resources in the event of a wildfire caused by a lightning strike or incidental human causes. Beyond preventative measures, fire can benefit wildlife and their habitat.