Fire Management


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Fire is an important part of most ecosystems; however, unmanaged fire can cause catastrophic loss of habitat, homes, and even lives. In order to preserve the benefits of fire while reducing the drawbacks, the Natchez Trace Parkway has an active fire management program.

The National Park Service works with the National Interagency Fire Center locacted in Boise, Idaho. Click here to learn about NIFC.

The Fire Management Division has four primary areas of responsibility:

Prescribed Fires, Fuels Management (prescribed burning and mechanical fuel reduction)

Fire Ecology (the science of fire)

Fire Suppression (extinguishing wildfires)

and Fire Education (public outreach)

Firefighters stationed at the Natchez Trace Parkway assist with wildland fire operations throughout the Mississippi River Zone in the southeast and with emergency assignments throughout the nation.


To report a fire on the Natchez Trace Parkway call 911 or call 1-800-300-PARK (7275) and report the milepost.



Last updated: September 6, 2022

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Mailing Address:

2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804


800 305-7417
The Parkway Visitor Center near Tupelo, MS, is open 9am-4:30pm seven days a week. The visitor center is closed Thanksgiving, December 25th and January 1st.

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