BEATRICE – National Park Service officials plan to conduct a controlled burn at the Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, sometime after April 8th.
Favorable weather and safe conditions will dictate when the burn takes place on 26 acres of restored tallgrass prairie.
Monument Superintendent Mark Engler says the burn was scheduled for last fall, but the lack of favorable conditions prompted the park to postponed it to the spring. During the burn, the monument’s two-and-a-half miles of trail will be closed and travelers on Nebraska Highway Four are being urged to use caution traveling through the monument, while the fire is in progress.
Engler says visitors will be able to view the exercise from the patio of the monument’s Heritage Center, at the east boundary of the park. The burn and monitoring will be conducted by National Park Service staff, local firefighters and federal firefighting agencies.