ELKINS (WVDN) – Monongahela National Forest fire officials are planning to burn natural debris piles at two locations in the forest beginning immediately through March 1. Exact dates are weather dependent.
The burn locations will be off Rt. 219 between Marlinton and Slaty Fork on Forest Roads 1026 and 202. Signs will be posted on roads near the burn areas. There will not be a closure of any roads, and the area will still be open. Residents and forest visitors may see and smell smoke.
The U.S. Forest Service burns piles of woody debris in an effort of reducing hazardous fuels. This helps restore the landscape and overall resiliency of the forest.
County emergency operations centers will be notified when burning begins. For questions, call Forest Fuels Planner Conor Shanahan at 304-704-3911.