Terrain Satellite
George Washington Jefferson NFs Rx
FIRE
5,000
acres
23.1 mi
NNE of Roanoke, VA
1 week
it's burned for
ACTIVE
Last Updated:
52 mins, 52 secs ago
Incident #:
2021-NWCG-7360
Fire Start:
Friday, April 2, 2021 8:00 PM EDT

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Incident Overview Updated: 12 hours, 9 mins ago

Incident Photo for the George Washington Jefferson NFs Rx Fire

See the 'News' and 'Closures' tabs for information about current prescribed burns. Updates are also being provided on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GWJNF1.
 

Fire Managers are conducting prescribed burns at various locations within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests this spring. 
 
Safety is our top priority. Experienced fire managers create a burn plan for each prescribed burn, closely monitor local weather conditions such as wind and humidity, and adjust the burning schedule as needed to ensure the safety of both crewmembers and local residents. Prior to lighting a burn, crews construct and designate firebreaks to keep fire within the identified burn area. Contingency plans, additional personnel, and equipment are also in place for any unexpected events.
 
Burn areas, including nearby roads and trails, will be temporarily closed for public safety while burns are active. Residents and travelers in the vicinity of prescribed burns may see or smell smoke. 
 
Historically, fire has shaped our forests and maintained the overall health of the Appalachian landscape. Prescribed fire creates young forest and open woodland habitat, which has diminished in recent decades and is needed by birds, wildlife and plants to thrive. Prescribed fire also promotes the regeneration of oaks, hickories, and yellow pine by reducing competition from fire intolerant species, such as red maple.
 
The US Forest Service works with partners to conduct prescribed burns that mimic natural fires, which provide numerous benefits in achieving diverse and healthy landscapes by:
 
 • Reducing hazardous fuels and protecting communities from wildfire
 • Minimizing the spread of pest insects and disease
 • Providing forage for game 
 • Improving habitat for threatened and endangered species
 • Recycling nutrients back into the soil
 • Promoting the growth of trees, wildflowers, and other plants
 • And much more . . .   

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Prescribed Fire
Coordinates:
37.671, -79.861

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Prescribed Fire Information
Phone: (541)222-9241
Fire Unit Information
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
Virginia
Roanoke, VA 24019