Spring 2018 Prescribed Burns

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Spring 2018 Prescribed Burns


Prescribed Fire Brings Life to the Wayne National Forest-Wash. & Athens Co.
NELSONVILLE, OH (March 1, 2018) - Fire helps maintain healthy oak forests, according to scientists who study native plants, birds and other wildlife. That’s why the Wayne National Forest uses fire. more


Incident Overview

Spring marks the beginning of the forest’s prescribed burn season, during which professional firefighters plan to burn up to 3,307 acres between March 1st and May 31, 2018, on the Ironton and Athens Ranger Districts.

Ironton Ranger District

Pine Creek Prescribed Burn

Size: Approximately 528 acres

Location: Lawrence County, Decatur Township, in the vicinity of Howard Ridge Road.

Closures/Restrictions: None

Handley Branch Prescribed Burn

Size: Approximately 230 acres

Location: Lawrence County, Symmes Township, in the vicinity of County Road 4.

Closures/Restrictions: None

Bluegrass Prescribed Burn

Size: Approximately 1,267 acres

Location: Lawrence County, Aid Township, in the vicinity of County Road 19.

Closures/Restrictions: None

Athens Ranger District-Marietta Unit

Dart Prescribed Burn

Size: Approximately 145 acres

Location: Washington County, Lawrence and Independence Townships, in the vicinity of Felter Road.

Closures/Restrictions: None

Bolivian Run Prescribed Burn

Size: Approximately 117 acres

Location: Washington County, Lawrence Township, in the vicinity of County Road 9.

Closures/Restrictions: None

Athens Ranger District-Athens Unit

Upper Bailey Prescribed Burn

Size: Approximately 709 acres

Location: Athens County, Buchtel and Chauncey Townships, in vicinity of Utah Ridge Road.

Closures/Restrictions: None

Gore-Greendale Prescribed Burn

Size: Approximately 311 acres

Location: Hocking County, Mayville Township, in vicinity of Gore-Greendale Road.

Closures/Restrictions: None

Why we Burn:

Fire helps maintain healthy oak forests, according to scientists who study native plants, birds and other wildlife. That’s why the Wayne National Forest uses fire as a tool to restore southern Ohio forests. Fire rejuvenates the forest. It increases nutrient availability, favors some plants over others, and can remove some leaf litter and smaller trees and brush. This lets more sunlight into the forest floor, which is important for oak trees, the dominant tree in Ohio forests, and many sun-loving plants.

Prescribed fires are performed under specific weather conditions and are designed to mimic fire that historically occurred on the forest. The Wayne National Forest follows strict guidelines for conducting prescribed burns, and uses environmental factors including temperature, humidity, atmosphere stability, wind-direction and speed as well as smoke disbursement. If any of these conditions are not within limits, the burns will be postponed.

By bringing fire back to the forest, the Wayne National Forest hopes to:

• Encourage the growth of a diverse array of plant life, including sun-loving plants and grasses.
• Ensure oaks remain the keystone species in our forests. Oaks provide food for about 100 different animals. Using fire to bring light into our forests helps oaks grow. Without fire, shade-tolerant species will take over and eventually replace oak as the dominant species in our forest.

• Protect human property by reducing the amount of down, dead wood in the forest. That way if a wildfire happens, it would be less intense, and potentially easier to control.

• Perpetuate oak barrens and woodlands found within the forest. These remnant plant communities provide habitat for several early-successional species. Maintaining these open woodland conditions with prescribed fire increases biodiversity in both plant and animal species.

Notifications of upcoming prescribed burns are provided regularly by news releases throughout the season and also by the following online resources:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/waynenationalfs

Website: www.fs.usda.gov/wayne

Facebook: www.facebook.com/waynenationalforest

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire

Unit Information

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Wayne National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Nelsonville, OH 45764

Incident Contact

Gary C. Chancey
Email: gchancey@fs.fed.us
Phone: 740-753-0862
Hours: M-F 8-4:30 p.m.

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