Events Ahead: Fire and Snakes at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area

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Jill M. Rohrbach
If you’re in northwest Arkansas this week, don’t be concerned if you see smoke on the horizon to the east of Rogers. Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area will conduct a prescribed burn on about 40 acres in the Lookout area this week from March 2-5. The location of the burn is near the intersection of Ark. 12 and Ark. 127. The park staff will be burning the open fields in the area.

The burns are conducted by specially-trained crews, skilled in fire management operations. Safety is emphasized in all phases of the fire management with local fire protection representatives involved in the planning process.

The burn is planned to be March 2, but the date could change due to weather parameters, including temperature, wind speed, and fuel moistures.

HSP-CA manages over 12,000 acres of land in southeastern Benton County and the prescribed burn is part of management activities at the site. Park neighbors near the controlled burn areas are being notified.

The primary reasons for this burn are for hazardous fuels reduction, protection of the wildland urban interface (the point where development meets the forest), maintaining healthy vegetation and benefitting sensitive species. If you have any questions or would like additional information call 479-789-5000.

Also at Hobbs this week will be local snake expert Devin Hummel. He returns to the park March 6 to give a 2 p.m. program at the park’s visitor center. Hummel’s “Reptiles of Northwest Arkansas” program is designed for kids and adults alike. He begins with a short PowerPoint program highlighting northwest Arkansas reptiles followed by a live presentation of his scaled friends. Call 479-789-5006 for details.

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