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Delaware Water Gap will let it burn in the coming weeks

BUSHKILL, Pa. - The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will be feeling the burn in the coming weeks.

The park's superintendent, John Donahue, announced plans for a series of prescribed burns in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The areas include about 570 acres of grasses, shrubs and woodlands.

The prescribed burns are intended to restore the scenic and cultural landscape of the park, reduce wildland fuel loading and enhance the wildlife habitat.

In Pennsylvania, about 225 acres will be burned, including tracts of land south of Route 206 near Milford, the area near Loch Lomond on Wilson Hill Road, the area near Toms Creek on Little Egypt Road and several tracts of land along River Road.

Approximately 345 acres will be burned in New Jersey, including tracts on Minisink Island, on Mountain Road near Flatbrookville and in Walpack.

A minimum of six firefighters and one fire engine will be on hand for the burns. They could start as early as this week, weather permitting.

Roads, hiking trails and park facilities may be temporarily closed while the burns are under way.

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