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Cheat Summit Fort Prescribed Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Julie Fosbender
Email: julie.fosbender@usda.gov
Phone: 304-635-4446

Kelly Bridges
Email: kelly.bridges@usda.gov
Phone: 304-365-4432

This spring Monongahela National Forest officials plan to conduct a prescribed burn on 9 acres of national forest land at Cheat Summit Fort, west of Huttonsville in Randolph County.

Why do we burn?

This 9-acre prescribed burn will help to control grasses and other vegetation, and enhance interpretive opportunities at historic earthworks that date from the Civil War. The area was last burned in 2013. Prescribed fire is one tool that forest managers use to reduce vegetation and nonnative invasive species.

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 igniting prescribed burns. A control line is established around each burn area before ignition, using hand tools and other equipment, roads, trails, and natural features such as creeks and other water sources.

Public Safety

Each burn area will be closed to the public on the day of the burn. The area may be closed for several days for public safety. Signs will be posted along the fire line and at 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.

Public Notification

The Forest Service will notify local 911 centers and radio stations on the day of the burn. Information, maps and the latest updates are available at inciweb.gov.

Contact

Greenbrier Ranger District 304-456-3335

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Coordinates38.622 latitude, -79.879 longitude

Current Situation

Size9 Acres