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Congaree National Park will conduct a prescribed burn | Hopkins

Image from Congaree National Park website.

Rangers from Congaree National Park, along with staff from Kings Mountain National Military Park, Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park and the SC Forestry Commission will be conducting a prescribed burn during the last two weeks of February and the first week of March.

The fire will be in the Red Bluff and Dawson units near South Cedar Creek Canoe Landing and will cover approximately 450 acres. The fire is intended to aid in fuel reduction and habitat restoration, in accordance with the park’s fire management plan.

Precautions have been taken to minimize impacts on park visitors and neighbors. Fishing access to Cedar Creek from South Cedar Creek Road will be closed, including the Dawson’s Cabin access point. Additionally, the smoke can be seen for several miles and may drift onto nearby roads, trails and campgrounds.

Drivers should exercise caution as fire crews and equipment will be operating along South Cedar Creek Road and other nearby roads. Recreational access to other park trails, facilities and campgrounds will remain open.

Additional details and updates will be posted on the park’s website and social media channels.