The U.S. Forest Service is beginning controlled burns in the Monongahela National Forest. The 2019 prescribed burning season is set to begin on Wednesday, March 27.
There is a burn set for the Ramshorn area of Pocahontas County. That is about five miles southeast of Green Bank and will cover 1,055 acres.
Another burn is scheduled for the Brushy Mountain/Buskirk area near White Sulphur Springs. This burn will cover 491 acres near Mapledale in Greenbrier County.
Prescribed burns are done to restore historic fire regimes, improve wildlife habitats, enhance forest structure, improve oak regeneration, control tree diseases and reduce hazardous fuel levels. The burn areas will be closed to the public on the day of the burn and may also be closed for several days to ensure public safety.
Signs will be posted along the fire line and at entry points. Area residents and travelers may see or smell smoke. If you run into smoke on the highway, slow down, turn on your lights and drive appropriately for the conditions.
More information can be found online at the Incident Information System website.