Prescribed burn to briefly close trail at Lake Fayetteville dam on Tuesday

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

A prescribed burn is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26 along the west side of the Lake Fayetteville dam.

The work will require a brief closure of the trail across the dam while the fire burns, according to city officials.

Setup is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. with a 30-minute burn scheduled to begin at noon. The entire process is expected to last about two hours.

City staff will be present at both ends of the dam to direct trail users. Staff said because prescribed burns require very specific weather conditions, they sometimes cannot be scheduled until the day of the project.

Because the area is classified as high-risk by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, crews must conduct rigorous inspections of the dam and the wetland area below it. The burn is required to eliminate vegetation that prevents those thorough inspections.

Chloeta Fire, LLC is the burn contractor for the work.

From the city:

The City of Fayetteville, City of Springdale, and City of Johnson Fire Departments have been notified and are on standby status to assist, if needed. Once the prescribed burn has been completed, the burn crew will assure that all sparks and embers have been fully extinguished.

For questions about the burn, contact Tim Nyander, the city’s utilities director, at 479-575-8386.