Park Service conducts controlled burns - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Park Service conducts controlled burns

(Source: KFVS) (Source: KFVS)
CARTER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

The National Parks Service is conducting controlled burns in the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways. Officials said they’ve set fire to about 5,000 acres.

Park officials said it’s all to help the ecosystem and to protect homes and historic sites from wildfires.  

“The ecosystem has adapted and changed to an unnatural point over the last 100 years and what, on the ecological standpoint, what they’re trying to do is to get that back to a historic level, with the historic species and the historic species diversity,” Jay Yancick said.

The Carter County sheriff is reminding locals that just because the controlled burns are taking place doesn’t mean it’s safe for everyone to light fires.

Officials are asking locals to wait until the fire danger is lower to do individual burns. 

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2016 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • IL Rt. 15 closed due to crash in Washington Co., IL

    IL Rt. 15 closed due to crash in Washington Co., IL

    Thursday, January 18 2018 8:45 AM EST2018-01-18 13:45:56 GMT
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)

    An area of Illinois Route 15 just west of Ashley, is closed due to a serious traffic crash according to Illinois State Police.

    An area of Illinois Route 15 just west of Ashley, is closed due to a serious traffic crash according to Illinois State Police.

  • Missouri man arrested weeks after 2 horses were shot, killed

    Missouri man arrested weeks after 2 horses were shot, killed

    Thursday, January 18 2018 8:29 AM EST2018-01-18 13:29:28 GMT
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)

    A Missouri man suspected of shooting and killing two horses has been charged with two felonies.

    A Missouri man suspected of shooting and killing two horses has been charged with two felonies.

  • Water outage planned for Mound City, IL customers

    Water outage planned for Mound City, IL customers

    Thursday, January 18 2018 8:16 AM EST2018-01-18 13:16:17 GMT
    (Source: Pixabay)(Source: Pixabay)
    Mound city water customers will be without water beginning around 8 a.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018. According to the Mound City Water Department, the water outage will last several hours and a boil water order will be in effect when water service returns. Officials say the outage is so crews can make repairs to a large water main.  Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved.
    Mound city water customers will be without water beginning around 8 a.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018. According to the Mound City Water Department, the water outage will last several hours and a boil water order will be in effect when water service returns. Officials say the outage is so crews can make repairs to a large water main.  Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved.
Powered by Frankly