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Spring Prescribed Burning Mark Twain NF

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

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The Forest Service utilizes a 407 Bell helicopter for aerial ignition at Wolf Mountain Rx burn.Image options: [ Full Size ]

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 3/21/17, the Forest has used prescribed fire to treat approximately 33,500 acres.
  • Only two prescribed fires are planned for this week, one on Potosi Unit and one on Cassville Unit, as weather permits.

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 March 14:

Poplar Bluff Ranger District

      • Goose Creek Rx, 487 Acres

Ava Unit, ACW Ranger District

      • Garrison Rx, 965 Acres

Cassville Unit, ACW Ranger District

      • Chute Ridge Rx, 275 Acres

Prescribed fires accomplished for the week of March 7:

Houston Unit of HRCC Ranger District

      • Bridges Hollow, 3500 Acres

Cedar Creek Unit of HRCC Ranger District

      • White Cloud Rx, 200 Acres

Prescribed fires accomplished for the week of February 27:

Poplar Bluff Ranger District

      • Essman (Units 1-4), 1497 Acres
      • Essman (Unit 5), 182 Acres
      • Dry Branch, 633 Acres

Salem Ranger District

      • Minninghaw, 1600 Acres
      • Little Creek, 1980 Acres

Prescribed fires accomplished for the week of February 20:

Eleven Point Ranger District (Doniphan Area)

      • Handy Rx (Unit F), 4435 Acres

Poplar Bluff Ranger District

      • Victory Rx, 2776 Acres

Houston Unit of HRCC Ranger District

      • Kaintuck Rx, 3400 Acres
      • Bridges Rx, 85 Acres

Potosi Ranger District

      • Johnson Mountain Rx, 497 Acres

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 Unit of ACW Ranger District

      • Turnip Knob Rx, 1100 Acres

Salem Ranger District

      • Little Creek Rx (Barxtel Hollow Portion), 900 Acres

Houston Unit of HRCC 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

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