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Spring Prescribed Burning Mark Twain NF


Incident Overview

  • 2/24/17 Prescribed burn on Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District cancelled due to changing weather conditions in the area.
  • As weather allows, prescribed burning on the Poplar Bluff Ranger District may occur on Sunday 2/26/17.
Mark Twain National Forest’s spring prescribed fire season is underway. Prescribed fires are used primarily to help reduce the threat of wildfires and to improve the health of native plants and wildlife habitat in the Forest. Deer, turkey, quail and other species benefit when the plants they depend on for food or cover are rejuvenated by the use of fire. As of 2/23/17, the Forest has used prescribed fire to treat approximately 10,000 acres.

Each prescribed burn will be conducted when favorable atmospheric ventilation (such as high-elevation breezes) are occurring to pull the smoke away and minimize smoke impacts to local communities. Although some smoke may be visible and affect nearby communities, the Forest Service strives to keep smoke impacts within federal and state air quality standards. Signs will be posted on roads near all prescribed burn areas prior to and when burning is in progress. When encountering the signs, drivers are asked to slow down in case shifting winds increase the smoke along roadways near the burn areas. If the public encounters smoke on the highways, slow down, turn on your vehicle’s lights and drive appropriately for the conditions. Firefighters on the Mark Twain National Forest will look for opportunities to conduct several prescribed burns in the next few months. A list of planned prescribed fire operations can be seen here. For more information about any particular prescribed fire project, please contact your local Ranger District office. A list of office phone number can be found on our website at Prescribed fires lit by hand crews and by helicopter operations are planned for multiple locations around the Forest. Neighboring landowners will be contacted by the Forest Service prior to ignitions. Burn objectives are primarily to reduce the fuel loading in the hardwoods and glades, while stimulating the grass/forbs plant community and maintaining the open areas by top-killing invading woody species. This promotes wildlife diversity and habitat. Prescribed fire also diversifies grass and other plant communities. In more forested areas, the objective is to mimic the historical fire occurrence and improve forest health by clearing the forest floor for pine regeneration. Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 counties in southern and central Missouri. Mark Twain National Forest is managed to protect and restore Missouri’s natural communities and maintain a healthy, working forest. Follow us at

View the Mark Twain National Forest's daily fire Situation Report here.

Prescribed fires accomplished for the week of February 13:

Eleven Point Ranger District (Doniphan Area)
      • Curve Bridge 1 & 2, 1400 acres
      • Wolf Mountain Rx, 4390 Acre
Ava Ranger District
      • Turnip Knob Rx, 1100 Acres
Salem Ranger District
      • Little Creek Rx (Barxtel Hollow Portion), 900 Acres
Houston Ranger District
      • Lost Glade Rx, 300 Acres

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginMonday January 30th, 2017 approx. 08:00 AM
LocationVarious units around Forest
Incident CommanderMultiple
Incident DescriptionPrescribed Burning Operations Across The Forest Throughout The Spring

Current Situation

Fuels Involved

Pine and oak woodlands, glades, tall grasses

Unit Information

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Mark Twain National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Rolla, MO, MO 65401

Incident Contact

Cody Norris
Phone: 573-341-7405

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