Today, the Gettysburg National Park Service conducted a “prescribed burn” of sections of the historic battlefield in its first ever planned controlled burn to clear fields of brush. The burns are called prescribed because there is a prescription of weather conditions fire specialists need to adhere to that involve wind, temperature, and relative humidity.
911 Photography cameraman Chris Eiker captured this photo from atop Little Round Top, looking out over Devils Den toward Confederate Avenue, along with other shots of the burn being conducted by the National Park Service burn specialists.
The burn was conducted to control invasive exotic species, reduce plant overgrowth and maintain wildlife habitat as well as open up the landscape for tourists.
Hanover Evening Sun Newspaper article on the burn