The National Park Service will conduct a prescribed burn along the Cane River riverbank at Oakland Plantation tomorrow, June 19. Traffic and boaters in the Shell Beach area should exercise caution in the area as there could be reduced visibility due to smoke.
The intent of the burn is to remove invasive vegetation within a 1-acre parcel along the riverbank in order to restore the viewshed from Oakland Plantation. Cane River Creole National Historical Park has completed an authorized burn plan, which outlines the parameters of the burn to ensure public safety.
Wildland firefighters from Natchez Trace Parkway and Kisatchie National Forest will be handling the burn in coordination with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office. Safety of the firefighters and the general public is the park’s utmost priority. For information about the prescribed burn, contact Carrie A. Mardorf, Superintendent of Cane River Creole National Historical Park, (318) 352-0383, x100.