Controlled burn scheduled at Martin Park Nature Center
An 8-acre controlled burn is scheduled to take place beginning about 11 a.m. Friday at Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W Memorial Rd., in northwest Oklahoma City.
“A prescribed burn is healthy maintenance for parkland like Martin Park,” said City Natural Resources Manager Scott Copelin. “Burning the dry, dead grass now in a controlled setting will turn dangerous tinder into nutrients for the soil and help prevent a disastrous accidental or natural fire.”
The burn also is expected to improve the wildlife habitat and boost the overall ecological health of the park, officials said.A grassy meadow in the northwestern part of the park is targeted for the burn.
The park will remain open during the burn, but access to the burn areas will be restricted.
Oklahoma Forestry Services has been monitoring the weather and grass for months to determine an ideal day for the burn, officials said. The decision to do the burn Friday was made Thursday morning.City firefighters and police officers will be on scene to monitor the fire alongside Oklahoma Forestry Services.