Monongahela National Forest Plans Spring Prescribed Burns

Monongahela National Forest staff plan to conduct prescribed burns on 3,667 acres in Pocahontas, Greenbrier and Tucker counties from March through June, weather permitting. The purposes of these treatments are to re-establish fire’s natural role in the forest ecosystem, improve forest health and wildlife habitat, and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.

Project areas planned for prescribed burns this spring include:

  • Guinn Ridge – 1,462 acres (Pocahontas County)
  • Ramshorn Ridge – 1,005 acres (Pocahontas County)
  • Upper Greenbrier North – 514 acres (Pocahontas County)
  • Lake Sherwood Piles and Dam – 5 acres (Greenbrier County)
  • Meadow Creek Units 1 & 2 – 243 acres (Greenbrier County)
  • Rucker Gap – 384 acres (Greenbrier County)
  • Nursery Bottom – 54 acres (Tucker County)

Each burn area will be closed to the public on the day of the burn, and may be closed for several days after, to ensure public safety. Signs will be posted on roads near all prescribed burn areas before and during burning. Residents and Forest visitors may see and smell smoke for several days. If you encounter smoke on the highway, slow down, turn on your vehicle’s lights and drive appropriately for the conditions.

Prescribed burns are conducted under specific weather conditions and are designed to accomplish pre-determined forest management goals. Monongahela National Forest follows strict guidelines for conducting prescribed burns, and takes into consideration environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, smoke dispersion and wind. If any environmental conditions are not within limits, the burn will be postponed.

Local radio stations will be alerted to burn activities ahead of time. When burning begins, information, photos, and maps will be available at


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