Monongahela National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Elkins, WV 26241
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.
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.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Incident Commander||Monongahela National Forest|
|Coordinates||37.954 latitude, -80.254 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
Prescribed burn successfully completed April 29
Fire personnel will patrol the burn area until it rains