Some people in Summers County may have gotten a scare on Monday, March 20, 2017 after seeing flames on the side of the road, but its all under control. This was not a wildfire, but another controlled burn being done by the National Park Service. They burned about 200 acres of grass right by the Sandstone visitors centers.
“We do this burn once a year,” said Dave Bieri, Sandstone Visitors Center Public Information Officer. “We actually started this last week and we actually couldn’t finish all of it. We started the first 3 units. We couldn’t finish the last one because it was too hot and too dry.
Controlled burns help prevent wildfires. They also help the new grass grow greener and promote the growth of larger trees like oaks.