A prescribed fire is scheduled for Oak Mountain State Park on Thursday, February 9, 2012, weather permitting. The burn is part of a Wildland Fire Academy Class, which consists of fire professionals attending a course taught by fire officials from the City of Pelham Fire Department. The class is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Forest Service in Alabama.

The bulk of the class is made up of students from various resource management and fire control professions. They include members of the Alabama Forestry Commission, Structural Fire Departments, the U.S. Forest Service and Alabama State Parks Division.

The purpose of the exercise is to create a realistic scenario based on a prescribed fire near the park entrance covering 10 acres to control unwanted vegetation. The prescribed burn exercise will enable participants to better provide for the safety of firefighters, improve the command and control of fire suppression efforts within the park, and to better coordinate prescribed burns in the future.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Patrol, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.