National Park Service plans prescribed fires in ND

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 31, 2014 at 7:03 pm •  Published: March 31, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The National Park Service is set to begin prescribed fires in North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The Park Service says nearly 3,000 acres could be burned between April and May.

Superintendent Valerie Naylor says that "occasional fire" and grazing by some animals such as bison helps maintain a healthy prairie ecosystem.

Contained fires were planned by the National Park Service for last year but they were not conducted due to extremely dry conditions.

The Park Service says fires could temporarily close a small section of a scenic drive area in the park for visitor safety.