Fire managers on the Hoosier National Forest (NF) intend to begin utilizing prescribed fire as a forest management tool in the coming weeks. All prescribed burns are dependent upon several factors, including but not limited to favorable weather and site conditions. Fire managers will be evaluating conditions to ensure compliance with policy and utilization of best management practices. Test burns will occur prior to ignition of any unit to monitor fire behavior and smoke lift and dispersion.
At this time there are areas planned in Jackson, Martin, Orange, and Perry Counties. Each of the areas has been identified to improve wildlife habitat or restore woodlands. In some cases wetlands, woodlands, or barrens are being restored; in others, the fire is used to enhance oak-hickory regeneration or to maintain early successional habitat in wildlife openings
There are 18 sites that are available to burn; encompassing a total of approximately 4,500 acres. The more burn units the Hoosier NF has ready to burn, the more likely on any given day and weather forecast the national forest will be able to find an area that is within prescription to burn. With only a limited number of days before winter precipitation the Hoosier NF, staff want to maximize their opportunities. Wind direction is often the limiting factor due to adjacent roads or private homes so the Hoosier NF prioritizes areas. Hoosier NF fire managers work closely with the National Weather Service to pick the best days to burn. Fall weather suitable to prescribed burning can be unreliable and there is a reasonable chance that most of these burns will roll-over to the “spring” season should they not be burned this fall.
For questions on the prescribed burns, to request notification, or to report medical conditions please contact the Indiana Interagency Coordination Center Dispatcher at 812-547-9262.
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|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Coordinates||38.556 latitude, -86.47 longitude|