Hoosier National Forest plans fall prescribed burns
Incident: Hoosier National Forest Prescribed Burns Prescribed Fire
Bedford, IN - (October 17, 2017)
Hoosier National Forest (NF) staff have several prescribed burns planned for this fall if weather and other factors allow. At this time there are areas planned in Brown, Orange, Crawford and Perry Counties. Each area has been identified to improve wildlife habitat or woodland restoration. Other areas may also be included later in the fall burning season. Planned areas to receive prescribed fire treatments this fall include:
Brownstown Ranger District:
Harris - 131 acres of mixed grass and woodlands near Spurgeons Corner
Ogala – 91 acres of mixed grass and woodlands near Spurgeons Corner
Roland – 268 acres comprised of a mixture of wetlands, grasslands, and woodland near Roland
Tell City Ranger District:
Bird Cemetery – 25 acres of grassland between Deuchars and Alton
Harvey Flat – 42 acres of mixed grass and woodland between Deuchars and Alton
Kiln – 35 acres of grassland near Mifflin
Schmidt – 28 acres of grassland near Hemlock Cliffs
Rattlesnake – 1077 acres of woodland at Mogan Ridge
Diamond House Branch – 981 acres of woodland at Mogan Ridge
Each burn area required a different “prescription,” which determined what wind direction and speed, temperature and fuel moistures are required for any planned burn to proceed. There are a limited number of days during the year that are suitable for prescribed burning, so Hoosier NF staff are prepped and ready to take advantage of any windows that occur. If the burns are not conducted this fall and conditions are right in the winter, the Hoosier NF could possibly burn in December or January.
Each area will be closed to the public on the day of the burn and for some time after until the area is considered safe. 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. Hunters and other recreationists are asked to use caution and pay particular attention to signs posted in areas they plan to utilize.
The exact date of each burn is dependent on weather and fuel conditions. Hoosier NF staff will notify the public in the immediate area of a prescribed burn unit by letter. Anyone who would like to know specific planned dates for ignition, they can request a call from Forest dispatch when a decision to burn has been made for any planned area. In particular, people with medical issues such as asthma or emphysema who live immediately around a prescribed burn area might want to request dispatch notification.
For questions on the prescribed burns or to request notifications, please contact the Indiana Interagency Coordination Center Dispatcher at 812-547-9262. Up-to-date information and maps can also be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5645/.
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