Prescribed burn to take place at Jefferson Memorial Forest tomorrow

March 28, 2017

Metro Parks and Recreation’s Natural Areas Division, along with the Fairdale, Camp Taylor and Pleasure Ridge Park fire departments and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, will be carrying out a prescribed burn of approximately 7 acres in Jefferson Memorial Forest tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1 p.m.

The burn will be in the Scott’s Gap section of the forest, located in southwest Louisville. The area is bordered by Scott’s Gap and Blevins Gap roads, and the smoke from the fire may be visible to nearby residents and motorists who are traveling on Dixie Highway and the Gene Snyder Expressway.

Fire management of natural areas was a commonly-used ecological practice by Native Americans as a way to reduce non-native cool season grasses and re-establish prairie habitat.

The burn is expected to last from 90 minutes to few hours and will be monitored until completely out. A similar event is being planned at Iroquois Park’s Summit Field in south Louisville. Officials will monitor weather conditions and decide on the appropriate date for the second burn.

Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation, a nationally accredited parks and recreation agency, manages 120 parks and six parkways on more than 13,000 acres of land, and operates recreation programs for all ages.  Its mission is to create a City of Parks where people can play, learn, grow and be healthy.  The mission is accomplished by taking care of all parks properties and creating new ones, by providing safe and diverse recreational programs, and by protecting our public lands and resources for future generations.

The 6,500-acre Jefferson Memorial Forest, a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation during times of war, is Jefferson County’s largest nature preserve and one of the largest municipal urban forests in the nation. The Forest is the flagship of Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division which is entrusted with providing stewardship, nature-based educational programming, and outdoor recreation within nearly 7,000 acres of forest, meadow, and riparian habitat across Louisville Metro. Jefferson Memorial Forest offers a full range of recreational amenities, including weekend education and adventure programs, hiking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails and picnic areas.  For more information or to volunteer, go to