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Hopkins Knob Prescribed Burn

Unit Information

Monongahela National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
West Virginia
Elkins, WV 26241

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Hopkins Prescribed Burn

The prescribed burn was successfully completed on 962 acres of national forest land north of Blue Bend Recreation Area in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The area will be patrolled and monitored until declared out.

Why do we burn?

By bringing fire back to the forest, the Monongahela National Forest will:

  • Reintroduce historic fire regimes

  • Improve wildlife habitat

  • Enhance forest structure and age diversity

  • Improve oak regeneration

  • Control tree diseases and pests

  • Reduce hazardous levels of unburned fuels

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 blacklining or ignition of prescribed burns can take place.

A control line is established around each burn area days or weeks before the actual prescribed fire. Control lines contain the fire by removing fuel sources (leaves, brush, etc.) in the line and are created mechanically, using hand tools or heavy equipment. Control lines are often strengthened by “blacklining” or burning areas adjacent to the control line to make it wider.

Public Safety

Each burn area will be closed to the public on the day of the burn. If there are a significant number of burning snags, the area may be closed for several days for public safety. Signs will be posted along the fire line and at any logical 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.

When will burning actually happen?

Fire managers are monitoring conditions to determine when burning can occur. Updates will be posted on this InciWeb page. Please check back often – especially after a few days without rain or snow.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Incident CommanderMonongahela National Forest
Coordinates37.954 latitude, -80.254 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel4
Size962 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Significant Events

Prescribed burn successfully completed April 29

Outlook

Planned Actions

Fire personnel will patrol the burn area until it rains