This spring Monongahela National Forest officials plan to conduct a prescribed burn on 833 acres of national forest land in the Big Mountain area, west and southwest of Cherry Grove in Pendleton County. The Forest Service burned here in 2018 and will conduct a series of burns in this area for the next several years.
Why do we burn?
Reintroducing fire into the forest will:
How do we manage a prescribed burn?
Fire managers prepare a burn plan for each prescribed burn describing the appropriate conditions needed to conduct the burn safely and achieve the desired results. Burn plans consider public safety, protection of private property, staffing and equipment needs, temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. Appropriate conditions must be met before igniting prescribed burns. A control line is established around each burn area before ignition, using hand tools and other equipment, roads, trails, and natural features such as creeks and other water sources.
Each burn area will be closed to the public on the day of the burn. The area may be closed for several days for public safety. Signs will be posted along the fire line and at entry points into the area. Area residents and travelers may see or smell smoke during fire operations. If you encounter smoke on the highway, slow down, turn on your vehicle’s lights and drive appropriately for the conditions.
The Forest Service will notify local 911 centers and radio stations on the day of the burn.