Forest Service conducted prescribed burn in Moreland Gap area on Wednesday

National forest

~ Press release issued by U.S. Forest Service

• Location: The 308-acre Moreland Gap burn area is located on Short Mountain four
miles east of Mount Jackson, Virginia.

• Date and Time: The Forest Service plans to begin ignitions on Wednesday, April 7,
2021 if weather conditions are appropriate. This prescribed burn will be completed in
one day. Firefighters will continue to monitor the area for several days after the burn.

• Objective: Prescribed burns keep the public and homes safe by reducing the buildup of
dried leaves and wood in nearby forest land that can lead to uncontrolled wildfires.

• Temporary Closures: A section of the Massanutten Trail (Forest Trail #408) from
Moreland Gap Road (Forest Road 374) to State Route 730, Moreland Gap Road (Forest
Road 374) and State Route 730 may be temporarily closed. These areas will reopen
when fire managers determine its safe again for public travel. For your safety, please
follow posted signs and comply with trail closures when they occur.

• Smoke: Depending on wind direction, this prescribed burn may have lingering smoke
effects. Residents of Mount Jackson, New Market, Edinburg and Luray, and travelers on
U.S. Route 11, Interstate 81 and State Route 730 may see or smell smoke.

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