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Hoosier National Forest Prescribed Burns

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Hoosier National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Bedford, IN 47421

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Hoosier Plans Spring Prescribed Burns

Hoosier National Forest Prescribed Burns Prescribed Fire
News – 2/22/2018

Bedford, IN – February 22, 2018. Fire managers on the Hoosier National Forest (NF) intend to begin utilizing prescribed fire as a forest management tool in the coming weeks. All project initiation is 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 igniting any unit to monitor fire behavior and smoke lift and dispersion.

At this time there are areas planned in Brown, Crawford, Jackson, Lawrence, Orange, Martin, and Perry Counties. Each of the areas has been identified to improve wildlife habitat or restore woodlands. In some cases wetlands or barrens are being restored; in others, the fire is used for wildlife opening or dam maintenance.

There are 20 sites that are available to burn; encompassing a total of 4700 acres. The more areas 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 appropriate to burn. With only a limited number of days before green-up 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.

Each treatment area will be closed to the public on the day of the burn and for some time after the burn until the area is considered safe. If there are a significant number of burning trees in the interior of a burn unit, the area may be closed for several days for public safety. Trails may be temporarily closed if burn areas are in close proximity. Signs will be posted along the fire line and at any logical entry points into the area.

The exact date of each burn is dependent on weather and fuel conditions. Forest staff notifies the public in the immediate area of the prescribed burn. If Forest neighbors wish to know the specific date of the ignition, they can call the Forest dispatch office to be informed once the decision is made to burn. Anyone with medical issues who might be affected by smoke, such as asthma or emphysema, who live immediately around where a prescribed burn is planned, is encouraged to contact the Forest Service.

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. Up-to-date information and maps can also be found at

Brown County:

Harris – 91 Acres – wildlife habitat improvement

Ogala – 131 Acres – wildlife habitat improvement

Jackson County:

Fork Ridge – 659 Acres – Oak-hickory regeneration

Lawrence County:

Bonds Complex, “J” unit – 15 Acres – wildlife habitat improvement

Orange County:

Bonds Complex, “Bottle” unit – 40 Acres – wildlife habitat improvement

Bonds Complex, “Bonds” unit – 70 Acres – wildlife habitat improvement

Hagar – 105 Acres – wildlife habitat improvement

Roland – 268 Acres – wetland maintenance and wildlife habitat improvement

Wesley Chapel South – 88 acres – wildlife habitat improvement

Martin County:

Butler Bridge Complex:

-“Schoolhouse” unit – 5 Acres – wildlife habitat improvement

-“Peggy Hollow” unit – 39 Acres – wildlife habitat improvement

-“Buck Creek” unit - 23 Acres – wetland maintenance and wildlife habitat improvement

Crawford County:

Harvey Flat – 44 Acres – wildlife habitat improvement

Deuchars – 348 Acres – oak and hickory regeneration

Mifflin - 46 Acres – wildlife habitat improvement

Perry County:

Diamond/House Branch – 981 Acres – woodland restoration

Grove North – 477 Acres – oak and hickory regeneration

Haskins - 122 Acres – wildlife habitat improvement

Saddle Dam – 14 Acres – vetch removal

Rattlesnake North and South – 1077 Acres – woodland restoration


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