Extra heat in Gettysburg’s late summer

FILE - A controlled burn at Gettysburg National Military Park in April 2016. (WHTM)

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – There may be scorched earth in Gettysburg this week, but it will have nothing to do with Civil War warfare.

Crews working for the Gettysburg National Military Park will oversee a controlled burn on parts of the battlefield. The set fires will remove grasses and shrubs encroaching on the park grounds, maintain wildlife habitat, and eliminate dry materials that pose fire hazards.

A similar controlled burn was carried out in April on 36 acres of the battlefield. Weather permitting this week, crews will burn roughly 22 acres near the popular Devil’s Den and Culp’s Hill.

Roads through the affected area will be closed for public safety. A fire engine and other firefighting materials will be on hand to control the burn and protect monuments.

The burn project is one of the steps the National Park Service employs to maintain the conditions of the battlefield as they were in 1863.

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