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George Washington Jefferson NFs Rx Fire

Unit Information

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
Roanoke, VA 24019

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Prescribed Fire Information
Phone: (541)222-9241

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Fire Managers are conducting prescribed burns at various locations within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests this spring. 
Safety is our top priority. Experienced fire managers create a burn plan for each prescribed burn, closely monitor local weather conditions such as wind and humidity, and adjust the burning schedule as needed to ensure the safety of both crewmembers and local residents. Prior to lighting a burn, crews construct and designate firebreaks to keep fire within the identified burn area. Contingency plans, additional personnel, and equipment are also in place for any unexpected events.
Burn areas, including nearby roads and trails, will be temporarily closed for public safety while burns are active. Residents and travelers in the vicinity of prescribed burns may see or smell smoke. 
Historically, fire has shaped our forests and maintained the overall health of the Appalachian landscape. Prescribed fire creates young forest and open woodland habitat, which has diminished in recent decades and is needed by birds, wildlife and plants to thrive. Prescribed fire also promotes the regeneration of oaks, hickories, and yellow pine by reducing competition from fire intolerant species, such as red maple.
The US Forest Service works with partners to conduct prescribed burns that mimic natural fires, which provide numerous benefits in achieving diverse and healthy landscapes by:
 • Reducing hazardous fuels and protecting communities from wildfire
 • Minimizing the spread of pest insects and disease
 • Providing forage for game 
 • Improving habitat for threatened and endangered species
 • Recycling nutrients back into the soil
 • Promoting the growth of trees, wildflowers, and other plants
 • And much more . . .   

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Coordinates37.671 latitude, -79.861 longitude