Portion of McGee Creek NSRA Temporarily Closed for Prescribed Burn

Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS) is planning to conduct a prescribed burn on Thursday, March 13, on approximately 1640 acres in the McGee Creek Natural Scenic Recreation Area (NSRA), which is located near Antlers, in southeastern Oklahoma. The actual timing of the burn is dependent on multiple factors, including weather conditions and personnel availability.

“Preparation began for this burn this winter and weather and fuel conditions are currently ideal to conduct it,” said Andy James, OFS Southeast Area Forester. “We will continue to monitor weather conditions to determine if the burn is a go or no-go. Area residents should expect to see smoke from the burn when it occurs.”

A portion of McGee Creek NSRA will be closed to the public during and immediately following the burn. A determination of when to reopen the area will be made a couple of days following the burn.

 The reintroduction of fire into this popular backcountry recreation area will help restore the forest ecosystem by improving conditions for both plants and wildlife.  By removing “litter” or fallen leaves and branches from the forest floor the regeneration and growth of the native understory plants is encouraged and the potential for a devastating, destructive wildfire is reduced.

For more information on prescribed burns and benefits to the forest, visit www.forestry.ok.gov/rxfire or call 800-299-2468. OFS, a division of Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is conducting the burn in cooperation with the US Bureau of Reclamation and the Oklahoma Departments of Tourism & Recreation and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.