The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to conduct a at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) this March or early April, weather permitting. Residents and
visitors may see smoke in the area for a brief time, according to Phil Pannill, Land Manager for NCTC.
"Grass fires such as this usually burn quickly and then go out,” Pannill said. “Fire breaks have been created to ensure the fire is contained and wildland firefighting equipment will be on hand. All needed permits have been obtained.”
The activity will involve three fields, totaling 32 acres. This will be carried out by experienced firefighters from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the West Virginia Division of Forestry, the National Park Service, and other agencies.
"The upcoming prescribed burn will be NCTC’s tenth since the beginning of this successful program in 2011”, said Steve Chase, NCTC Director. “Since we have started prescribed burning, our habitat for wildlife has improved tremendously, especially for small mammals, ground-nesting birds, and pollinating insects.”
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View the map of the proposed prescribed fire.